5 World Tour teams in the running for Jasper Philipsen signing - "But we’ll only decide after Roubaix"

Many argue that Jasper Philipsen is already in the perfect team, where there is full focus on himself for the sprints and he gets enough freedom in the classics to win monuments despite the presence of Mathieu van der Poel. However with his contract ending in 2024, several teams are in the running together with Alpecin-Deceuninck.

"We need more time. Many teams, many big teams, are interested in him but we’ll only decide after Roubaix," Philipsen's agent Alex Carrera said in words to GCN. "For now, he just wanted to focus on his racing. He has many goals in the next two weeks.” And racing indeed has been quite successful, as Philipsen is just off the back of a Milano-Sanremo triumph, and is a key part of Alpecin's tactics for the spring classics. Last year he was second at Paris-Roubaix and he may try to replicate that later on.

Whilst his leadout has not always been the best, Philipsen is a sprinter who has always managed to find his own position in the peloton quite successfully; and last year teaming up with Mathieu van der Poel in the sprints at the Tour de France saw unprecedented success with several wins and a green jersey. It's hard to argue any team where he'd fit best, but there is no certainty that he'll stay with the Belgian outfit into the next season.

GCN report that his former team UAE Team Emirates, BORA - hansgrohe, EF Education-EasyPost and Tudor Pro Cycling Team are all in contact and interested in signing the Belgian sprinter, who wants a long-term contract regardless of which team he chooses.

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