Although he is not the first to celebrate a victory that was not a victory, the celebration of Jasper Philipsen of the Alpecin-Deceuninck team during the sprint finish of stage 4 of the Tour de France is damn annoying. In fact, Wout Van Aert had won the stage with a late-race solo breakaway that went unnoticed by Philipsen – a fact that Van Aert’s teammate Christophe Laporte tries to warn Philipsen about in this cringe-worthy image. teeth right after Philipsen’s celebration. initial post:
Van Aert is probably delighted with this turn of events, taking victory after three second places in the previous stages. That said, he would certainly have a lot of sympathy for Philipsen, given that last month Van Aert was caught doing a first post-up to celebrate a victory at Dauphine, only to get pinched at the line in a sprint .
And Philipsen is not the first to make this mistake in front of such a large audience: last year, at the Tokyo Olympics, Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrated what she thought was a victory, not realizing that he there had been another rider, Anna Kiesenhofer, who soloed to victory.
Philipsen has had a solid Tour so far, finishing third in Stage 3 and now second in Stage 4. And while the blunder on the line may keep him awake at night as he thinks about it, it doesn’t will make no difference to his ranking. He wasted no time in the race, just a bit of dignity.
Philipsen later joked about it on Twitter:
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