Jasper Philipsen is showing his potential again as a young talent with a fifth place in Tour Down Under stage two. The stage covered 122.1km from Norwood to Angaston. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) won ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took third and Danny Van Poppel (Team Jumbo-Visma) fourth ahead of Philipsen. This stage finished differently from the sprint into town yesterday to open the Australian stage race, when the Belgian of UAE Team Emirates (photo Bettini) placed sixth. Stage two climbed slightly and consistently to its finish line, which allowed Philipsen to use his base and resistance over the other sprinters.
“It was a serious battle to get in position for the sprint,” said Philipsen, now 12th in the overall classification. “I jumped from wheel to wheel until I found the right situation, in the slipstream of Sagan. I felt well in the sprint, but not good enough to make up those positions for the finish line. We are at the start of the season, my condition will only continue to rise, which is a comforting feeling“.