Jasper Philipsen heads to Paris in green jersey: 'Boyhood dream come true'
After Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage of the 110th Tour de France, Belgian rider Jasper Philipsen will cross the finish line in Paris on Sunday evening wearing the green jersey. "It's a boyhood dream come true," said the 25-year-old from Ham, in Limburg.
"It's a relief that this stage is over," Philipsen said on Saturday evening after a tough 133.5 km mountain stage between Belfort and Le Markstein. "I've suffered a lot in the mountains over the past three weeks, including today. But there were a lot of friends at the side of the road and that made it special. Standing here in the green jersey means a lot to me, it's a boyhood dream come true."
"I hope to win on the Champs-Élysées. I've won there before and I know how special it is"
Philipsen is hoping to top off his successful Tour de France performance with another victory in the final stage of the tour in Paris tonight. "I hope to win on the Champs-Élysées. I've won there before and I know how special it is." Last year, Philipsen held off Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen and Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in the French capital. Jasper Stuyven finished fourth.
The green jersey is the second most important jersey in the Tour de France, after the yellow jersey.
Jasper Philipsen © BELGA PHOTO JASPER JACOBS