The Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) imposed his devilish pedaling rhythm and triumphed in the first duel of sprinters in the 110th edition of the Tour de France, disputed over 193.5 kilometers between Amorebieta-Etxano and Bayonne.
Philipsen showed that he is one of the best sprinters this season. In a thrilling finish, the 25-year-old put all his power on display and claimed a sensational victory in the French round, the first for his squad.
Apparently there was nothing punishable in the career of Philipsen, who followed his line all the time, but the action was reviewed by the judges, so Philipsen was not immediately awarded victory. Something to which soccer fans are already more than accustomed since the introduction of VAR but which still surprises cycling fans.
Finally, after deliberating for a long time, the victory became effective for Jasper Philipsen, followed by the German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) and the Australian from Lotto Dstny, Caleb Ewan. The Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal Quick-Step) finished fourth and the Belgian Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) entered fifth.
As for the Latin Americans, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) finished in 61st place and Harold Tejada (Astana Qazaqstan Team) in 65th place, after arriving in the field with the same time as the winner. While Esteban Chaves (EF Education-EasyPost) lost 55 seconds and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-EasyPost) with Daniel Felipe Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) gave up more than two minutes.
The breakaway of the day was led by the American Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) and the Frenchman Laurent Pichon (Team Arkéa Samsic), who put a lot of wear and tear on the front of the race, which lasted for more than 100 kilometres, however, at the end of the day the two runners were hunted. This Tuesday, July 4, the fourth stage of the ‘Grand Bouclé’ will take place, which will take the riders from Dax to Nogaro over 181.8 kilometers on flat terrain, in another part for the sprinters