CARCASSONNE, France ( Associated Press) — Jasper Phillipsson weathered a brutal heat wave to claim victory in stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday as Jonas Winggaard rolled down the pavement during a fatal day for his jumbo. Despite retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey. Visma Team.
Philipsen overtook Belgium’s Vout van Aert – the leader of the points standings – and Denmark’s Mads Pedersen in the final sprint to claim their first Tour stage win.
“It’s something indescribable. I know what it’s like to lose at the Tour de France. I’ve been so close so many times,” said Phillipsson. “But today it went well for me. Incredible”.
And yes, Philipsson was close to a stage win on the Tour on several previous occasions, including a second place behind Van Aert on stage four of the current edition.
“The effort for this victory was huge. We were working very hard to achieve this,” Phillipson said tearfully. “I knew I had strong legs, but it was just a matter of waiting for the right time.”
Benjamin Thomas launched an attack in search of a French rider’s first win in this Tour, but was hunted down in the final stretch.
With temperatures reaching 40 °C (104 F), the organizers had to resort to various methods to deal with the extreme heat. Protocols for soft drink consumption were relaxed, as was the maximum time to complete the stage, whose distance of 202.5 kilometers (126 mi) followed the second longest route this year. A group of environmentalists barged into the route, though they were quickly removed.
The wingguard’s advantage as leader remained intact, with the Dane defeating champion Tadej Pogakar of the previous two editions by 2 minutes and 22 seconds. Both crossed the finish line within the leading pack.
The wingguard managed to recover after suffering an accident in the middle of the stage and lost two of his Jumbo-Visma teammates. The return of Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk left him with fewer household items headed to the Pyrenees after a rest day on Monday.
Rojic, the runner-up in 2020, did not start due to the consequences of falling in the fifth stage after being hit by a motorcycle on Sunday. The Slovenian took it upon himself to repair his self-displaced shoulder, but has been running in pain ever since.
“To allow my injuries to heal properly, I decided not to start today,” Rojic said.
Another Jumbo-Visma rider, Kruijswijk, was pulled out by ambulance after falling 60 kilometers from the end.
This equates to a fight with Pogakar (UAE Team Emirates) for the title, as the opponent had previously lost to teammates Vgaard Stek Langen and George Bennett.
Magnus Cort and Simon Clarke, both Tour stage winners, crashed out of the French round after testing positive for the coronavirus. A total of eight runners have been ruled out due to the virus.
Colombian Nairo Quintana is sixth overall, 4:15 behind Wingguard.
The Giro will conclude on July 24 in Paris.