“I didn’t want to close Van Aert against the barriers and I apologize”

Jasper Philipsen admits his mistake in the Saint Vulba sprints. The Belgian sprinter was disqualified from Tuesday’s stage following an illegal manoeuvre that saw him cut off his compatriot and rival, Wout Van Aert.

Philipsen for this type of maneuvers, which already occurred between both cyclists in the last Tour, and the image that has been conveyed of him in the Netflix series, Tour de France: In the heart of the peloton, the Alpecin rider has earned a reputation for being an overly aggressive sprinter..

This morning he apologized for what happened in the last sprint through his official profile Instagram.

Like any sprinter, I am super competitive and I want to win every stage in a sprint, but not at the expense of another rider’s safety.“Of course, I am disappointed to have been disqualified yesterday after a very eventful sprint. I want to apologise to Wout van Aert. I did not in any way try to box him in or force him into the barriers on purpose,” Philipsen said.

“What we do as sprinters is the highest stakes you can play as a cyclist, butBut I would never knowingly ride to endanger another cyclist.“, has added.

Van Aert subsequently posted accepting Philipsen’s apology: “Apologies accepted”

 
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