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Tour de France: Philipsen celebrates seventh stage win – Ackermann third

Tour de France: Philipsen celebrates seventh stage win – Ackermann third
Tour de France: Philipsen celebrates seventh stage win – Ackermann third

After the first rest day, the peloton of the 111th Tour takes it easy. It only gets faster at the end – and sprint star Philipsen celebrates for the first time at this year’s Tour de France.

Belgian sprint star Jasper Philipsen won the fifth mass sprint of the 111th Tour de France and celebrated his seventh stage win overall. The 26-year-old won in Saint-Amand-Montrond after 187.3 kilometers, ahead of Eritrean Biniam Girmay and German professional Pascal Ackermann. Philipsen had previously missed out on the stage victory several times in this year’s edition.

As expected, nothing changed at the top of the overall rankings. Tadej Pogacar goes into the demanding eleventh stage on Wednesday with a 33-second lead over time trial world champion Remco Evenepoel. Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is in third place, 1:15 minutes behind.

After the start in Orléans, the field took it easy. In the first few hours of the race, the professionals reached an average speed of just over 40 km/h. All teams expected a mass sprint, so no breakaway group was formed. It was only in the final that things got really fast thanks to the work of the sprinter teams and the tailwind that set in.

On Wednesday, a climbing test awaits in the Massif Central. On the 211 kilometers to the ski resort of Le Loiran, the final 50 kilometers with four mountain classifications are particularly tough. The stage is made for breakaways. But there could also be attacks from the contenders for the overall victory.

Source: Stern

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