Van Aert sprints to stage 5 victory as Alaphilippe loses yellow in a strange way

Julian Alaphilippe lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to Adam Yates after being handed a 20-second penalty for illegal feeding at the end of stage five, won by Wout van Aert.

Van Aert was fastest in the sprint at the end of the 183km ride from Gap that was remarkable mainly for featuring no breakaway, an almost unprecedented scenario in normal racing conditions in the modern era.

Cees Bol was second and Sam Bennett took third place to become the first Irishman to wear the green jersey for the points classification since Sean Kelly 31 years ago.

But the drama was to come after the riders got off their bikes with Alaphilippe, who finished safe in the bunch, being penalised for snatching a bottle about 17km from the line, breaking Tour rules which state that feeding is illegal within 20km of the finish.

Deceuninck–Quick-Step sports director Tom Steels explained later that the team assistant had been unable to position himself just before the 20km mark because it was too dangerous.

“It’s a pity to lose the yellow jersey like this,” Steels said. “We know about the 20km rule, but today there were also some special circumstances… it was the only spot we could still give the bottle.

“But we made a mistake, nothing to do about it. Julian was disappointed of course because he didn’t do anything wrong.”

Yates leads Primoz Roglic by three seconds in the standings after Alaphilippe dropped to 16th overall.

“I don’t think anybody wants to take (the yellow jersey) like this,” said Adam Yates. “I was on the bus, showered, waiting for the last few guys to shower and somebody called the (sports) director to tell him I had to go to the podium.”

Tour de France 2020 – stage 5 results (Gap – Privas):

1Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

4:21:22

2Cees Bol (Team Sunweb)

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3Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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4Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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5Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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6Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)

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7Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept)

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8Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

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9Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)

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10Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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11Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT)

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12Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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13Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb)

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14Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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15Hugo Houle (Astana)

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16Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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17Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

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18Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)

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19Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

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20Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

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Tour de France 2020 – general classification after stage 5:

1Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

22:28:30

2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

+03”

3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)

+07”

4Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)

+09”

5Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)

+13”

6Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)

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7Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)

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8Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic)

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9Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

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10Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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11Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

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12Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren)

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13Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

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14Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling)

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15Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

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16Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+16”

17Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+22”

18Enric Mas (Movistar)

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19Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+34”

20Sergio Higuita (EF Pro Cycling)

+41”

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