CyclingPub Interview - Jasper Philipsen: UAE Team Emirates invests in building a team for the future
Jan 09 2020 10:36 pm CET

CyclingPub Interview - Jasper Philipsen: UAE Team Emirates invests in building a team for the future
CyclingPub Interview - Jasper Philipsen: UAE Team Emirates invests in building a team for the future
Photo of Jasper Philipsen by UAE-Team Emirates

By Mary Cárdenas

Jasper Philipsen talked to CyclingPub during the media day of UAE Team Emirates in Spain and discussed his first year in the WorldTour, his current shape and what is to come.

Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)

The media day of UAE-Team Emirates takes place in a spectacular hotel in the Spanish Costa Blanca that recreates a quaint village and that offers the perfect background to see one of the teams that offered outstanding performances in 2019.

This team also has a good eye for young talents that have potential for the future. One of them is the Belgian Jasper Philipsen, who in his first year in the WorldTour managed to win one stage of the Tour Down Under and earned podium places in the Brussels Cycling Classic, the Danilith Nokere Koerse and the GP de Fourmier / La Voix du Nord.

The Belgian rider has been considered as one of the riders to watch for the future and at 21 his eyes shine and his smile broadens when I mention it. The strength and speed that characterize his ways of riding, contrast with the calm and kind way he approaches the media.

Philipsen is going to lead the Emirati formation at the Tour Down Under and weeks before that, CyclingPub had the chance to speak with him and this is the result of that talk.

Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)

How was the balance of your 2019?

It was good. It was a good preparation, a good experience. My 2019 was all about building some experience in some big races and trying to go for results in some smaller races. That went all out. I got one win in Australia but I wasn't able to win again so let's hope I can make this step in 2020.

What kind of races do you think suit you better?

Normally I'm good at sprints. I'd like to perform in classic races but it's not always easy. We will see in the future what I'm good at.

What kind of classics do you like the most?

I like most the sprint classics like Gent Wevelgem, that kind of races should be good for me.

You're considered one of the most promising riders of the peloton at the moment, do you think this puts some kind of pressure on you?

No, it is nice for me that people think that I have a bright future before me. But let's see if I can make this happen and I need to work hard for it every day. I need to try to keep improving and step by step try to reach that level. But it is fun to be busy with the sport.

How was your first season in the WorldTour?

It was a good experience. It is a nice team. I got a lot of chances. I got a lot of trust from the team. It was really nice.

This team has some young big talents like yourself and Tadej Pogacar, do you think it is a good place to develop your potential?

For sure. It is not a secret that this team invests in young people and invests in building their own team for the future so for next year we have some new young guys and it is good for the atmosphere of the team to have some young promising riders.

What is your 2020 going to be like?

I will start in Australia, then I will prepare for the spring classics. I will ride probably Paris-Nice, the Tour of Flanders and that kind of races.

Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)

In this team you have had the chance of riding with some more experienced riders like Alexander Kristoff, how is it like and do you learn a lot from them?

It is nice to get some experience from them. They give tips about the races, about how the previous years went for them, also about positioning and skills and the kind of things that you have to pay attention to.




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