Alpecin-Fenix announced ahead of the Vuelta a España stage 11 that their sprinter Jasper Philipsen was headed home early. Philipsen, who won two stages in the first week of the Vuelta, developed a “mild fever” overnight. The team opted to let Philipsen go home and recover for the remainder of the 2021 season.
#LaVuelta21 @JasperPhilipsen sadly has to leave @lavuelta today due to mild fever symptoms. The decision was made by the team management along with the medical and performance staff so as not to jeopardize the rest of his season. pic.twitter.com/J5XpMe8lfi— Alpecin-Fenix Cycling Team (@AlpecinFenix) August 25, 2021
Philipsen outsprinted Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) to win the second stage of the Vuelta into Burgos. He then sprinted to victory again on stage 5 in Albacete.
The Vuelta stages to come favour breakaways and general classification battles, with only two stages for the fast men.