Jasper Philipsen overcomes 'f***ed up situation' to win four Tour de France bunch sprints in a row

Belgian is fast proving himself as the fastest sprinter, with victory on two stages in a row at this year's race

Jasper Philipsen after stage four of the 2023 Tour de FRance
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Not since the pomp days of Marcel Kittel, or going further back, a youthful Mark Cavendish, has a sprinter been as dominant at the Tour de France as Jasper Philipsen is at the moment. Not that you would know it from the Belgian's manner, which is unassuming, retiring even; he loathes to take credit himself for his performance, instead passing it onto his teammates.

The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider has now won the last four pure bunch sprints at the Tour, as long as one is prepared to not count Christophe Laporte's surge to the line in Cahors last year, where Philipsen came second, but he is not getting carried away with the situation.

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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.