Jasper Philipsen crossed in the second position the finish line of the second stage of the UAE Tour 2022, after a nail-biting sprint battle with Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl).

The stage was176 kilometers from Hudayriyat Island to Abu Dhabi Breakwater and it is designed sprinters.

“I was missing just a few watts today. I was a bit far back at the end but I just had to go,” said Jasper Philipsen.  “I knew it was going to be a tough sprint because of the headwind and Mark was the fastest today. I’m a bit disappointed but we’ll try to go for the win again in the next sprint.”

After yesterday’s win and today’s second place, the Alpecin-FENIX cyclist retains the GC red jersey, while also leading the points and best young rider classification.