Privas (AP) – big shock for the darling of France Julian Alaphilippe: The superstar received a time penalty from the jury after the fifth stage of the 107th Tour de France and thus lost his yellow jersey to the Briton Adam Yates.
Alaphilippe had illegally received a drink bottle from his team 17 kilometers from the finish. The jury showed no mercy: 20 seconds time deduction, with which the Briton Adam Yates took over the yellow jersey.
The stage victory of the Belgian Wout Van Aert was pushed into the background. Just a day after Primoz Roglic’s coup, another Tony Martin teammate struck and gave the excellent Jumbo Visma team the next stage victory. Van Aert won on the fifth stage after 183 kilometers from Gap to Privas, ahead of the Dutchman Cees Bol and the Irishman Sam Bennett. This increasingly proves that Martin’s Dutch team has taken over the supremacy in cycling.
In the final there was again no trace of the German drivers. Old star André Greipel (“I’m a normal driver again”) is doing better after his crash at the start, but the 38-year-old is still not enough for the big sprints.
But it only got really hectic after crossing the finish line, when suddenly Yates was on the list as leader. “That’s not the way I wanted to get the shirt. Nobody wants that,” said Yates. The hopeful German Buchmann, who, just like the top favorites Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) and Egan Bernal (Colombia), crossed the finish line in the main tournament, is now 22 seconds behind Yates.
The day’s win went to Van Aert, who has had a super run since the restart in early August. Van Aert has already achieved five victories, including the classic Milan-Sanremo and the Strade Bianche gravel race. “That was the easiest stage I have ridden, but the finish was tough”, said Van Aert after a long agreement in the field. “This stage suited my abilities,” added the former cross-country skiing world champion.
After the climbing party the day before, the stars of the industry could hold back. The first arrival in the mountains on Tuesday had already given a hint for the further course. Ex-ski jumper Roglic is the man to beat. That his fellow countryman Tadej Pogacar also finished second, aroused cheers at home. “A historic day for Slovenian cycling,” wrote the newspaper “Delo” and added after the double success on the first mountain slope of the 107th Tour de France: “And that was just the start for Roglic and Pogacar.”
John Degenkolb, meanwhile, is on the mend after his early retirement from the Tour de France. “I’m more confident than the past few days. Things are going up again. The swelling in my knees is still there, but it’s gotten better,” Degenkolb told ARD. On Wednesday he was on his bike for the first time for an hour. The 31-year-old crashed heavily in the first stage of the Tour and then missed the time limit.
The sixth stage ends on Thursday after 191 kilometers on the 1560 meter high Mont Aigoual. It is not a real mountain finish, even if it goes up 14 kilometers before the end of the stage from the Col de la Lusette – a mountain of the first category. There is a good chance of outliers.