Jasper Philipsen has net his 14th win of the season last afternoon at the Paris-Chauny classic, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider now doesn't have much of a plan but will continue racing as long as he carries good form.
“In any case, the goal is to win as much as possible. Then we will see where we end up. Admittedly, I am gradually feeling tired, but as long as my condition is still sufficient, I will continue," Philipsen said in a post-race interview. “The Famenne Ardenne Classic and the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro are the last one-day races, followed by the Tour of Turkey. We'll see where we end up. I think I can already speak of a great season.”
Great is perhaps an understatement. Besides his incredible Paris-Roubaix, where he rode to second place only behind Mathieu van der Poel, the duo worked together to thrive in the sprints throughout the entire year. Among others, he's taken wins at the Classic Brugge-De Panne, Scheldeprijs, Tirreno-Adriatico alongside 4 stage wins and the green jersey at the Tour de France. Since that immense success in France, he's already four more wins.
In France he faced more modest competition, but he found a difficult race. “It was not an easy race, with a number of climbs in the final. But I survived everything well, with a number of teammates by my side," he explained. In the bunch sprint he beat Jason Tesson and Paul Penhoët for another triumph. "In the final kilometer, Ramon Sinkeldam and Lionel Taminiaux guided me well through the last corner, after which I was able to finish in the sprint.”