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Groenewegen: “I didn’t come here for second place”

Groenewegen: “I didn’t come here for second place”

Reactions to stage 11 of the Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco – AlUla, right) had to concede defeat to Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin – Deceuninck) in the Tour’s eleventh stage sprint. | Photo: Cor Vos

07/12/2023 | (rsn) – Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin – Deceuninck) has not only once again cemented his reputation as the current world’s best sprinter in the 110th Tour de France, but has also proven that he can be successful even without his star starter Mathieu van der Poel. The 25-year-old Belgian won the eleventh stage at a distance of 179.8 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand to Moulins in a sprint ahead of Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Jaico – Al-Ula) and Phil Bauhaus (Victorious Bahrain), who won the Tour of Cologne for the first time. The podium is secured in this round

The sounds of the eleventh stage of the Tour de France:

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin – Deceuninck / Stage winner / Eurosport): “It’s a great Tour for me. I can’t even comprehend how great it has been so far. Everything has worked out so well. I’m very proud of the results but also the form. In the final you always have to make sure you get away from all the trouble and that’s tough, but it’s worked out.” Four times in a row. I now have a good lead in the battle for the green, which looks comfortable in front of the Alps.”

Dylan Groenewegen (Gaeco – Al-Ula / Runner-up / Eurosport): “I didn’t come here in second place. I was sure in the morning I could win, but in the end it wasn’t like that. It was a long way to the finish line. As I was starting to think, yeah, today is our day. But someone else was faster.” .

Phil Bauhaus (Victorious Bahrain / Third in the stage / Eurosport): “It got really hard and fast at the end. The legs weren’t good today, I struggled a bit yesterday. But they’re getting better every hour. As a runner, that was one of the last chances today. You never know how far you’ll get on your first outing in the mountains.”

Brian Coquard (Cofidis / Stage 4 / Eurosport): “It was a crazy final but looking at where I was in the last kilometre, I can be more than happy with fourth place. I come from the back, looking for the right rear wheel. It was a quick finale. I’m very happy with how the day went. I’ll keep going In pursuit of the green jersey, but it won’t be easy against Philipsen.”

Ramon Sinkeldam (Alpecin-Dekonink/Eurosport): “It was very hectic and slippery again. Jonas (Rickaart) and Søren (Craug Andersen) (Phillipsen) put him in a good position and in the last kilometer it was his strength to win that day. Jasper is currently the best. It wasn’t perfect from us, but he’s still able to complete it today.”

Christoph Rodhoft (Sporting Director Alpecin – Deceuninck): “Currently he is the fastest sprinter in the world. Today he was on his own and he was in front again. In the team meeting the plan was for Mathieu (van der Poel) to do the last part again, but he didn’t feel comfortable during the stage. It was his worst day in the race. his tour, so we decided he should take it easy until the end.”

Mikel Bjerg (UAE National Team / Eurosport): “Everyone wanted to stay in front, most sports directors were expecting a headwind. It wasn’t like that at the end, but everyone wanted to be in front and we ran out of energy there. Jasper (Philipsen) is crazy, very fast. But he hides well in the field.”