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by Dane Cash
September 3, 2020
Photography by Cor Vos
Julian Alaphilippe lost control of the yellow jersey on Wednesday’s stage 5 of the Tour de France after he was handed a 20-second time penalty. Adam Yates, who started the day four seconds behind Alaphilippe, is the new leader of the Tour de France.
On a day that saw the Tour peloton rolling comfortably on a largely downhill profile without even a breakaway to chase, Alaphilippe finished safely in the peloton only to drop down the general classification standings. Commissaires decided to dock the Frenchman by 20 seconds for taking a late bottle.
Rules prohibit bottle pickups inside the last 20 kilometers. Television images show Alaphilippe getting a bidon from a Deceuninck-Quick-Step staffer with around 17 kilometers to go.
He finished 16th on the stage, won by Wout van Aert, but fell from first to 16th on the general classification with his 20-second penalty.
Heading into Thursday’s stage 6, which could see more action in the general classification, Yates now leads the race with a three-second advantage over Primoz Roglic.
“If I’m honest, I don’t think anybody wants to take the jersey like this,” Yates said after being awarded yellow. “Tomorrow I was looking to try to take the jersey anyway so I guess we’ll just go in with the same tactic and try and win the stage.”
Deceuninck-Quick-Step can, at least, take some consolation from having taken over a new jersey despite Alaphilippe’s loss of yellow. After finishing third on stage 5, Sam Bennett has moved just ahead of Peter Sagan in the points classification and will wear green on Thursday.