Jasper Philipsen: I can rival Wout van Aert for every Tour de France green jersey

Belgian wants to improve in the Spring Classics after breakthrough season that included second in Paris-Roubaix

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Jasper Philipsen follows Wout van Aert in Paris-Roubaix

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Jasper Philipsen follows Wout van Aert in Paris-Roubaix

He may have enjoyed the best season of his career but Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) isn’t resting on his laurels as the Belgian prepares to take on Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) for the green jersey in next year’s Tour de France.

Philipsen won 19 races in 2023, including four stage wins and the green jersey at the Tour de France. It was a hugely successful campaign for the 25-year-old who also impressed at the Spring Classics, with second in Paris-Roubaix.

Wout van Aert, who won the points classification at the Tour de France in 2022, left the race midway through this year to attend the birth of his second child. However, even by that point in the race Philipsen’s dominance in the standings was clear.

Next season the battle for the green jersey could be tighter and the Alpecin sprinter isn’t willing to take anything for granted.

"I want to make it a goal to win the green jersey as much as possible. This year I was lucky that Wout van Aert didn't go all the way, but with my sprinting and climbing legs I should have a good chance every year. I think I can be a good competitor for Wout," Philipsen told Het Laatste Nieuws.

Philipsen also wants to build on the progress that he made in the Spring Classics this season. He won Classic Brugge-De Panne in March, claimed victory in Scheldeprijs, and then took second in Paris-Roubaix behind his teammate Mathieu van der Poel.

"My podium finish in Paris-Roubaix created a connection. I now know that I can also compete for a win in races of that calibre. I took the step I wanted to take in those types of races. It is something to continue with and I like to do it in addition to sprinting," he said.

"I definitely want to win the Belgian Championships and the European Championships, which are close by in Hasselt. I'm also aiming for the Olympics road race in Paris, but the places will come at a premium."


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