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Adam Yates will be the ninth Briton to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France

Adam Yates becomes ninth Briton to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France after Julian Alaphilippe gets a time penalty after the fifth stage

  • Adam Yates has become the ninth Briton to wear the yellow Tour de France jersey
  • Julian Alaphilippe was hit with a time penalty at the end of stage five
  • Wout van Aert won the 183 km stage from Gap to Privas in a sprint finish

Adam Yates became the ninth Briton to wear the yellow Tour de France jersey after Julian Alaphilippe was hit with a time penalty at the end of stage five on Wednesday.

Wout van Aert won the 183 kilometer stage from Gap to Privas in a sprint, but the drama came after the race.

Commissioners took Alaphilippe 20 seconds off for taking a water bottle from his team’s support staff in the last 20 km, which is against the rules.

Adam Yates became the ninth Briton on Wednesday to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France

Adam Yates became the ninth Briton on Wednesday to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France

The decision saw Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates, who started the day four seconds later, elevated to race leader.

Yates said, “It’s not the way I imagined taking the jersey. I’m not sure what happened to Julian.

“If I’m honest, I don’t think anyone wants to take a sweater like that, but I think we’ll wear it tomorrow.”

Commissioners took Julian Alaphilippe 20 seconds for taking a water bottle from his team

Commissioners took Julian Alaphilippe 20 seconds for taking a water bottle from his team

Commissioners took Julian Alaphilippe 20 seconds for taking a water bottle from his team

Wout van Aert from Jumbo-Visma won the 183km stage from Gap to Privas in a sprint finish

Wout van Aert from Jumbo-Visma won the 183km stage from Gap to Privas in a sprint finish

Wout van Aert from Jumbo-Visma won the 183km stage from Gap to Privas in a sprint finish

There was also an Irishman in green when Sam Bennett, beaten by Van Aert in the sprint, did enough to eliminate former three-time world champion Peter Sagan in the points classification.

Bennett, Alaphilippe’s Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate, became the first Irishman to wear green since Sean Kelly won the points standings for the fourth and last time in 1989.

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