I never thought they'd do it, says disappointed Jasper Philipsen after Tour de France stage 18

Green jersey Philipsen wins the bunch sprint hard on the heels of breakaway winner Kasper Asgreen in Bourg-en-Bresse

Jasper Philipsen receives the green jersey after finishing fourth on stage 18 of the 2023 Tour de France
Jasper Philipsen manages a smile for the crowd as he is presented in green at Bourg-en-Bresse
(Image credit: Thomas Samson / Getty)

The sprinters were left empty-handed in Bourg-en-Bresse after the day's break, led home by Kasper Asgreen of Soudal-Quick Step, outfoxed them and won the day by the narrowest of margins.

Green jersey Jasper Philipsen, who led in the bunch sprint, was given the same time as Asgreen, so close was he behind.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.