Philipsen wins stage 15 sprint finish as Vingegaard survives tough day

Carcassonne: Belgian Jasper Philipsen claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France when he won a bunch sprint in the 15th stage as overall leader Jonas Vingegaard suffered a bad day on Sunday.

Alpecin-Deceuninck rider Philipsen timed his effort to perfection to beat compatriot Wout van Aert (Jumbo–Visma) and Mads Pedersen (Trek–Segafredo), who were second and third respectively.

Jasper Philipsen claims the stage victory in Carcassonne.Credit:AP

Vingegaard retained the yellow jersey but hit the deck and lost two of his Jumbo-Visma teammates as Steven Kruijswijk crashed out and Primoz Roglic did not take the start of the 202.5-kilometre stage from Rodez after failing to recover from injuries.

With temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, organisers sprayed parts of the road with water to cool down the melting tar before the riders passed.

Nils Politt (Bora–Hansgrohe) and Mikkel Honore (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) built up an advantage of about 2:30 over the peloton.

The breakaway was reined in with 50 kilometres left, shortly after Vingegaard crashed along with teammate Tiesj Benoot.

Yellow Jersey Jonas Vingegaard gets a new bike after crashing.Credit:AP

Vingegaard made it back into the peloton and still leads defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) by 2:22.

Two Frenchmen, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën) and Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis), attacked with 48 kilometres remaining.

Thomas, a track pursuit specialist, went solo in the finale but was caught 500 metres from the line, leaving the French riders still waiting for their first stage win in this edition.

Monday is a rest day on the Tour de France.

Reuters

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