Wout Van Aert Wins Tour de France Stage 5 for Jumbo, Adam Yates in Yellow

first_imgBelgian Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) completed the top 10 as Australia’s Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) failed to hit the form that saw him surge to Stage 3 success on Monday. COMMENT On a day when the peloton took advantage of a relatively gentle parcours with a pedestrian pace, the pick of the action was saved for the final kilometres. An otherwise drab affair came to a crescendo with a chaotic finish featuring plenty of road furniture, blustery conditions, and a number of roundabouts as van Aert enjoyed a rare occasion to ride for himself.Read: Already Missing Riders, Tour De France Tackles Tough Stage 2 “They [team] gave me a lot of time to recover because the beginning was quite easy. The team is going strong and we need to keep this fight. I have my stage win now and from now on I will support the team even harder than I did before.” It seemed perhaps fitting that the biggest drama of an otherwise uneventful day came once the dust had barely settled on the 183km transitional ride through the undulating Drome region of France. “It was a heavy finish. It was maybe the most easy stage I ever did in a cycling race because there was no breakaway. Not a high pace at all. 1 week ago Alaphilippe dedicates Tour de France stage win to late father Van Aert, the in-form Belgian, powered past Dutchman Cees Bol of Team Sunweb to win by half a wheel one day after helping to guide Roglic to victory in Tuesday’s first summit finish. “It was a hectic finish,” van Aert said. “It was maybe the most easy stage I’ve done in a cycling race because there was no breakaway and the pace was not high. I was happy to be given the chance to go for it. And if you have one shot and you can finish it off then it’s even more sweet. I have my stage win now so from now on I will support my team even more than before.” All the LIVE action from Stage 6 – Le Teil to Mont Aigoual (Hilly) of Tour de France can be watched on Eurosport and Eurosport HD from 03:30 PMIST onward on September 3, 2020.Read: Grand Tour Cycling Returns With Enhanced Experience As Tour De France Speeds Back But van Aert, the 25-year-old winner of Milano-Sanremo and Strade Bianche, made light work of the slight uphill sprint to power past Bol on the blind corner ahead of finish and snare the second Tour stage win of his career. Wout van Aert made it two-from-two for his purring Jumbo-Visma team with victory in Stage 5 of the Tour de France at Privas as Julian Alaphilippe lost the yellow jersey in controversial circumstances to Adam Yates after incurring a time penalty for an illegal feed. Digital Desk No sooner had the in-form Belgian van Aert finished celebrating his team’s second win in as many days as the race jury announced that a 20-second penalty had been imposed on Frenchman Alaphilippe for taking on an illegal water bottle from his Deceuninck-QuickStep team car with 17km remaining, contrary to the regulations. With Alaphilippe dropping to sixteenth place in the standings, Britain’s Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) takes control of the Tour for the first time in his career. Trailing the Frenchman by four seconds in the overnight standings, Yates now leads the race by three seconds on van Aert’s Jumbo-Visma teammate Primoz Roglic of Slovenia, the Stage 4 winner. Stage 5 – race winner quotes: Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) on Eurosport and GCN With no breakaway forming on the long transitional schlep away from the Alps, Frenchman Benoit Cosnefroy (Ag2R-La Mondiale) was able to pick up the single point available over the summit of both Cat.4 climbs to extend his lead in the nascent polka dot jersey standings.Read: Delayed But Alive, Tour De France Sets Off From Nice The Tour continues on Thursday with the 191km Stage 6 from Le Teil to Mont Aigoual, where the battle for the yellow jersey should intensify once again on the race’s second summit finish – a chance, perhaps, for Alaphilippe to take back the lead he lost on a technicality. First Published: 2nd September, 2020 23:49 IST WE RECOMMEND A crash involving Jumbo-Visma’s Sepp Kuss inside the final 20km saw the Ineos Grenadiers team of Egan Bernal up the tempo until their Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz picked up a puncture. The Sunweb team of towering Dutchman Bol then came to the fore and seemed to control the final sprint as the road narrowed dramatically ahead of the flamme rouge. LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Read: Alaphilippe Dedicates Tour De France Stage Win To Late FatherIreland’s Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) edged Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) for third place to wrest the green jersey off the Slovakian’s back – becoming the first Irishman since Sean Kelly 31 years ago to don the Tour’s maillot vert. SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 23:49 IST Wout Van Aert Wins Tour De France Stage 5 For Jumbo, Adam Yates In Yellow Wout van Aert made it two-from-two for his purring Jumbo-Visma team with victory in Stage 5 of the Tour de France at Privas as Alaphilippe lost the yellow. 1 week ago Delayed but alive, Tour de France sets off from Nice FOLLOW US Written By 1 week ago Tour team Lotto-Soudal sends staff members home over virus Bennett has sowed the seeds of his green heist by winning the intermediate sprint earlier in the stage, with Sagan only able to come fourth. He now leads Sagan by nine points as the former triple world champion faces serious opposition in his quest to win an eighth green jersey in nine years. “It was really hectic; there was a lot of wind. With all the sprinters and GC teams and the last kilometre was slightly uphill. It was quite tight but I was also on the outside. I think it was maybe only half a wheel but it was enough. I knew this stage suited me and I’m so happy I got the opportunity from the team to finish it. 1 week ago Grand Tour cycling returns with enhanced experience as Tour De France speeds back 1 week ago UCI relaxes COVID-19 exclusion rules at Tour de Francelast_img