Jasper Philipsen

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Jasper Philipsen
Philipsen, Gent. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2023.
Personal information
Full nameJasper Philipsen
NicknameJasper Disaster[1]
Born (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 25)
Mol, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[2]
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamAlpecin–Deceuninck
Amateur team
2017BMC Development Team
Professional teams
2018Hagens Berman Axeon[3]
2019–2020UAE Team Emirates[4][5]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Points classification (2023)
6 individual stages (2022, 2023)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2020, 2021)

One-day races and Classics

Classic Brugge–De Panne (2023)
Eschborn–Frankfurt (2021)
Scheldeprijs (2021, 2023)
GP de Denain (2021)

Jasper Philipsen (born 2 March 1998) is a Belgian professional cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Alpecin–Deceuninck.[6][7] He is a sprinter and won several stages in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.


Early years[edit]

From 2010, Philipsen rode for the Royal Balen BC team. In 2015, he became national junior time trial champion. Later that year, he finished eighth at the European championships in the same discipline and sixth at the world championships.[8] A year later, Philipsen won the Guido Reybrouck Classic and E3 Harelbeke for juniors, and successfully defended his national time trial title. In addition, that year he finished fifth in Paris-Roubaix for juniors and 11th in the Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten. Philipsen was selected for both the time trial and the road race at the world championships in Doha. After the time trial, in which he set the 18th fastest time, he was taken to hospital exhausted and overheated. Although Philipsen appeared to be physically fine, he did not start in the road race three days later.[9]

Philipsen at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix Juniors

On 1 April 2017, Philipsen took his first UCI victory in the elite riders, for the BMC Development Team team. In the second stage of the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, he stayed ahead of compatriot Milan Menten and Dutchman Maarten van Trijp in the bunch sprint.[10] A day later, thanks to a fifth place in the individual time trial, he took over the leader's jersey from Chris Lawless. In the final stage, he finished fourth, taking not only the overall classification, but also the points and youth classification. After finishing second in both the Tour of Flanders U23 and the ZLM Tour, he won a stage in the Baby Giro in June. In the points classification, he stayed one point ahead of Neilson Powless. In July, he won the second stage in the Tour of Alsace, after which he rode the road race for promises at both the European and national championships. In the fifth stage of the Olympia's Tour, he stayed ahead of Patrick van der Duin and Fabio Jakobsen in the bunch sprint. In October, he won Paris–Tours Espoirs.[11]

Professional career[edit]

In 2018, Philipsen became professional at Hagens Berman Axeon. He took several victories that year, including the overall classification of the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux and a stage in the Baby Giro.[12][13] In October, he was offered a contract with UAE Team Emirates. Through this team, he made the switch to the World Tour.

Philipsen was named in the startlist for the 2019 Tour de France.[14] He participated in the 2020 Vuelta a España,[15] where he won stage 15. He participated in his second Tour de France in 2021 and while he did not win any stages he had many promising results including finishing on the stage podium a half dozen times. He rode in the 2021 Vuelta a España where he won two stages.[16] He also wore the points classification jersey on several stages, being involved in a battle with Fabio Jakobsen for the jersey, before he decided it had been a successful race and abandoned about halfway through due to a mild fever.[17]

Philipsen winning 2021 Scheldeprijs

Early in the 2022 season he won the points classification and two stages of the UAE Tour. He then won the points classification and a stage in the Tour of Turkey and a stage in the Tour of Belgium.

He entered the 2022 Tour de France with the team targeting stage wins with both Philipsen and Mathieu van der Poel. Philipsen initially thought that he won stage 4, but it turned out Wout Van Aert had surprised the peloton and attacked while wearing the yellow jersey. After the Alps he got a chance to win stage 15 after the final breakaway rider had been caught inside the final kilometre. He was able to outcharge previous stage winners Van Aert and Mads Pedersen to take the team's first win of the race.[18] His second stage win came on the final day in Paris, winning the sprint by a convincing margin.

Philipsen wearing the green jersey at the 2023 Tour de France

In March 2023, he won his second World Tour one-day race: the Classic Brugge–De Panne, outsprinting Olav Kooij and Yves Lampaert.[19] Two weeks later, he won Scheldeprijs for the second time. Fine days later, he outkicked Wout Van Aert to take second at Paris–Roubaix.[20] This was his first podium in a Monument. At the 2023 Tour de France, he won stages 3, 4, 7 and 11, all of which were sprint finishes.[21] This led to ultimately win the points classification by over 100 points to second placed Mads Pedersen.

Riding style[edit]

Jasper Philipsen is sometimes compared to Tom Boonen by the media, originating from the same region and sharing his profile as a road race-sprinter specialised in the classics.[22]

"Philipsen is not only fast, he also always seems to position himself very well during bunch sprints. We are talking about making good decisions in a split second, while racing at more than 70 km per hour. This also proves he's still in a top condition at those moments. One makes easier mistakes when exhausted."

Eddy Planckaert on Philipsen in 2023 [23]

Philipsen is one of the most explosive cyclists of his generation.[24] By 2022, several international specialized media considered him as best sprinter in the world.[25][26]

He received some criticism for his riding style during the 2023 Tour de France, as he appeared to purposely impede other riders on several stages.[27]

Major results[edit]

1st Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
2nd Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten
3rd Guido Reybrouck Classic
4th La Philippe Gilbert Juniors
4th Paris–Roubaix Juniors
5th Overall Trophée Centre Morbihan
1st Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st E3 Harelbeke Juniors
1st Guido Reybrouck Classic
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne Juniors
5th Paris–Roubaix Juniors
10th Overall Grand Prix Rüebliland
1st Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 2
1st Points classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Paris–Tours Espoirs
Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
1st Points classification
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 2 Tour Alsace
1st Stage 5 Olympia's Tour
2nd Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
2nd ZLM Tour
4th Berner Rundfahrt
2018 (1 pro win)
1st Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Gylne Gutuer
1st Stage 4 Tour of Utah
1st Stage 3 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
3rd Three Days of Bruges–De Panne
4th Tour de l'Eurométropole
4th Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
5th Dorpenomloop Rucphen
6th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
7th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
8th Primus Classic
9th Lillehammer GP
2019 (1)
1st Stage 5 Tour Down Under
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
2nd Heistse Pijl
3rd Nokere Koerse
3rd Elfstedenronde
3rd Brussels Cycling Classic
5th Dwars door het Hageland
6th Overall Tour of Belgium
9th Scheldeprijs
2020 (3)
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 BinckBank Tour
1st Stage 3 Tour du Limousin
1st Sprints classification, Tour Down Under
5th Scheldeprijs
5th Brussels Cycling Classic
9th Druivenkoers Overijse
2021 (9)
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Eschborn–Frankfurt
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Paris–Chauny
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 5
Held after Stages 2–3, 5–7
Tour of Turkey
1st Points classification
1st Stages 6 & 7
2nd Classic Brugge–De Panne
2022 (9)
1st Omloop van het Houtland
1st Paris–Bourges
Tour de France
1st Stages 15 & 21
UAE Tour
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 5
Tour of Turkey
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 4 Danmark Rundt
2nd Münsterland Giro
2nd Gooikse Pijl
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Druivenkoers Overijse
6th Hamburg Cyclassics
6th Rund um Köln
6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
8th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 2
8th Scheldeprijs
2023 (19)
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Classic Brugge–De Panne
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Elfstedenronde
1st Gooikse Pijl
1st Paris–Chauny
1st Visit Friesland Elfsteden Race
Tour de France
1st Points classification
1st Stages 3, 4, 7 & 11
Tour of Turkey
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 4 & 8
1st Stages 3 & 7
1st Stage 1 Renewi Tour
1st Stage 1 Tour of Belgium
2nd Paris–Roubaix
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France DNF 109 91 97
A red jersey Vuelta a España 85 DNF

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Milan–San Remo 150 66 15
Tour of Flanders DNF DNF
Paris–Roubaix DNF NH 41 2
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Has not contested during his career
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 37 124 33
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 24 122 DNF
Brugge–De Panne 3 2 1
Gent–Wevelgem 47 38 21 DNF
Dwars door Vlaanderen 142 NH 57 29 4
Scheldeprijs 9 5 1 8 1
Eschborn–Frankfurt NH 1 11 DNF
Hamburg Cyclassics 34 6
Paris–Tours 12 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Honours and awards[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Jasper Philipsen | WorldTour Team | Alpecin-Deceuninck Cycling Team 2022". Alpecin–Deceuninck. Retrieved 8 July 2023.
  3. ^ "UCI approves Axeon Pro Continental status". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018. The team has announced eight riders so far for the 2018 roster, including João Almeida from Portugal, William Barta from the US, U23 time trial world champion Mikkel Bjerg from Denmark, Cole Davis from the US, Zeke Mostov from the US, Jasper Philipsen from Belgium, Thomas Revard from the US and Maikel Zijlaard from the Netherlands.
  4. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ "UAE Team Emirates complete 2020 roster with re-signing of former world champion Rui Costa". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Alpecin-Fenix". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 3 January 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
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  9. ^ "Oververhitte Jasper Philipsen afgevoerd na tijdrit: "Heb mezelf opgeblazen"". Sporza (in Dutch). 11 October 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
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  11. ^ "Jasper Philipsen wint Parijs-Tours bij beloften". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 8 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux - Jasper Philipsen pakt opnieuw de bloemen". metrotime.be (in Dutch). 1 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Raak voor Jasper Philipsen in de Baby Giro: Belg sprint naar de zege in derde etappe". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 10 June 2018.
  14. ^ "2019: 106th Tour de France: Start List". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  15. ^ "75th La Vuelta ciclista a España: Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Philipsen Wins Another Vuelta Stage, Elissonde Grabs Lead". The Seattle Times. 18 August 2021.
  17. ^ "jasper-philipsen-abandons-vuelta-a-espana-due-to-illness/". Cycling News. 24 August 2021.
  18. ^ Reports, Newswire (17 July 2022). "Tour de France: Belgium's Jasper Philipsen wins stage 15, Vingegaard retains lead despite crash". France 24. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  19. ^ Farrand, Stephen (22 March 2023). "Classic Brugge-De Panne: Jasper Philipsen prevails on day of rain and misery". CyclingNews. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  20. ^ Ostanek, Daniel; Fletcher, Patrick (9 April 2023). "Paris-Roubaix: Mathieu Van der Poel conquers the greatest cobbled Classic". CyclingNews. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  21. ^ "Tour de France: Jasper Philipsen denies Mark Cavendish outright stage wins record". BBC. 7 July 2023.
  22. ^ "Jasper Philipsen". indeleiderstrui.nl (in Dutch). 8 October 2022.
  23. ^ "Vive le Vélo - Eddy Planckaert, Tom Dumoulin en Britt Lambrecht". VRT (in Dutch). 11 July 2023.
  24. ^ "Tour de France: Dominant Jasper Philipsen shows he's the sprinter to beat". irishexaminer.com. 5 July 2023.
  25. ^ "Who is the world's fastest? Ranking the top male sprinters of 2022". cyclingnews.com. 18 November 2022.
  26. ^ "Rider specialties»Sprinters". procyclingstats.com. 8 July 2023.
  27. ^ "Jasper 'disaster' Philipsen rebuts Netflix nickname with controversial stage three win at Tour de France". Independent.co.uk. 4 July 2023.
  28. ^ "Jasper Philipsen en Lotte Kopecky verkozen tot Flandriens van het Jaar, Van der Poel is internationale laureaat". Sporza (in Dutch). 7 November 2023.

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