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Gallery: Jasper Philipsen finally gets a win on scorching Stage 15 of the 2022 Tour de France

17 Jul 2022

It’s too hot to do normal jobs never mind race bikes, but Stage 15 of the 2022 Tour de France was certainly raced after a late breakaway catch led to Jasper Philipsen sprinting to his first Tour de France stage win after eight top threes.

Hot weather protocol was in place to help deal with the scorching conditions on the route from Rodez to Carcassonne, and the second rest day on Monday couldn’t be better timed.

Before the racing had even begun Primož Roglič, Magnus Cort and Simon Clarke pulled out – Roglič to recover from his injuries and the latter two due to Covid – and the day would claim two more victims in Steven Kruijswijk, who crashed badly, and Michael Mørkøv, who came in outside the time limit after suffering alone out the back all day.

There were more protests from Dernière Rénovation too, which given the conditions is absolutely no surprise, though the race wasn’t paused this time.

The day’s early break consisted of Nils Politt, Mikkel Honoré and Wout van Aert, who insists on having zero days off, though he was called back by his team after around 45km.

Any ideas of a standard transition stage were out the window on the last climb of the day – albeit not a big one – when the break was caught, many of the main sprinters were distanced and two more attackers in Benjamin Thomas and Alexis Gougeard escaped.

Gouegard was eventually reeled back in but Thomas stayed out, coming within 500m of Cofidis’s first Tour de France stage win since 2008 before the remaining sprint leadouts flew past him.

Trek-Segafredo were in prime position after doing most of the day’s chasing with Jasper Stuyven leading out Mads Pedersen but Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Jasper Philipsen sailed by to take his first ever Tour de France stage win.

After so many close calls, an emotional day in Paris in 2021 and unknowingly celebrating a second place earlier this year, the Belgian finally won.

While your curtains are closed and drinks iced, check what outside looks like through Pete Goding’s gallery of highlights from the day:

It was a tough day out for Jumbo-Visma. Van Aert had to be pulled from the break (although he did take another second place at the end), Roglič didn’t start, Kruijswijk didn’t finish – and we wish him all the best – and Vingegaard crashed too. Great pic though.

White jersey: cooling vest edition. Very smart.

B&B Hotels are undoubtedly the weakest team at the race but they’re rumoured to be on the cusp of a big sponsorship deal with Carrefour that would immediately make them contenders to step up to the WorldTour soon.

Astana Qazaqstan meanwhile are going the other way, they’ve amassed more fines than prize money this year.

The early break. Not sure Politt was smiling.

The south of France is lovely, if you couldn’t tell.

Really lovely. Sunflowers!

If you’re angry with these protestors, check the news – and outside – and have a think.

I’m sure the riders would welcome the sight of fans with water pistols this week.

The late break. Cofidis will break their streak eventually. I think. Maybe.

BikeExchange-Jayco, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Trek-Segafredo were controlling the peloton’s pursuit.

And it was the non-WorldTour outfit that got the W with Belgian Jasper Philipsen beating out Belgian Wout van Aert with Mads Pedersen just behind Wout after a bit of a squeeze.

After the scenes in Paris last year, I for one couldn’t be happier for Philipsen today.

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