Jasper Philipsen: Mark Cavendish not being here played a role in Tour de France stage win

Alpecin-Deceuninck sprinter ends long wait for win at "highest level possible"

Jasper Philipsen
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On stage four of this year's Tour de France, Jasper Philipsen thought he had finally broken through on the biggest stage, outsprinting the bunch to cross the line first.

Sadly for the Belgian, however, Wout van Aert was up the road ahead, and had already won an impressive stage to Calais. The second place was just another to add to his long list of near misses at the Tour de France: in just three editions, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider has finished in the top five without winning ten times.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.