Alpecin-Fenix’s Jasper Philipsen won a mass bunch sprint on the second stage of the Vuelta an Espana on Sunday, edging outand Michael Matthews with a deft last-minute maneuver. retained the overall leader’s red jersey. At the same time, Philipsen took the green sprint jersey thanks to his sprint-finish win after a 166km flat run from Caleruega to Burgos in northern Spain in 31C (92F) heat.
Jumbo-Visma’s Roglic started theday victory, also here in Burgos, over a short individual time trial. His key rival, Ineos Grenadiers’ leader Egan Bernal, finished safely in the bunch Sunday, as did his Ecuadorian lieutenant Richard Carapaz, wearing a gold helmet as champion on Sunday.
Another, lost around 30 seconds on the day, dropping to 51sec adrift of the leader. Several jostled for position. EF Education-Nippo’s Hugh Carthy was caught up behind the crash and lost 38 seconds overall.
The powerful all-rounder Roglic insisted he had little knowledge of the, saying of Monday’s mountain pass finish, however, “From what I can see, it’s a super hard climb; we will have to give it everything.” “The stage will be nervous again, too, as it could be windy on the flatter part of the course, and then on the climb, we can expect some time gaps between the GC guys.”
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The stage two victory means Philipsen rounded out a trio of victories for the second-tier team after Tim Merlier won the first bunch sprint on the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France this.
“It just shows how everyone from the team is motivated,” said Philipsen, who finished in the top three six times on the Tour in July. “I had a lot of support, and this is how we can win sprints. We can be very happy tonight, and we start this well.”
The team celebrated vigorously at the finish line on the city’s outskirts, with Philpsen shouting to his teammates: “Great team effort.” Dutch runner-up, Deceuninck Quick-Step’s Jakobsen, can also beto form after suffering almost fatal injuries on the Tour of Poland a year ago when crashing into a pole during a bunch sprint and losing all his teeth.
Philipsen beat him by centimeters after gambling on an inside run near the barriers, while Jakobsen went a long way around and just missed out.said on Saturday he had a horrible day and, on Sunday, stopped racing with about 3km to go and cruising home dead last.
Maybe he is saving his powder for Monday on what is his first. The is the first summit finish, after a long rolling run, with sections of the final ascent at a 17 percent gradient, creating significant gaps in the finishing times.