‘It’s incredible, I cannot realise it’ - Jasper Philipsen on becoming a Monument winner at Milan-San Remo

The Belgian rider becomes the first sprinter to win La Classicissima since Arnaud Démare in 2016

Jasper Philipsen on the podium at Milano-Sanremo
(Image credit: Getty Images)

After so long without a win at Milan-San Remo for the fast men, Jasper Philipsen made it the sprinters’ Monument once again, as he took the victory ahead of Michael Matthews and Tadej Pogačar in the sprint to the line on the Via Roma.

The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider had been dropped on the Poggio following two attacks from Pogačar, which his teammate Mathieu van der Poel was forced to close down. However, the unwillingness from the two to cooperate with each other on the descent allowed several other riders to come back to the front group before the finale.

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Joseph Lycett

Joseph Lycett is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who contributes to our WorldTour racing coverage with race reports and news stories. Joe is also a keen cyclist, regularly racing in his local crits and time trials.