Alaphilippe loses yellow after taking water bottle, Yates new leader

Julian Alaphilippe lost the lead in the general classification of the Tour de France. The Frenchman would have taken a bottle at seventeen kilometers before the finish. The rules state that it is no longer allowed to accept food within twenty kilometers of the finish.

Look at the moment below:

He was given a time penalty of twenty seconds, so Adam Yates was called to the podium and was allowed to put on the yellow jersey. Alaphilippe is now sixteenth, sixteen seconds behind the new leader. Jumbo-Visma rider Primoz Roglic is second, at three seconds, Tom Dumoulin rose to sixth place.

Dumoulins teammate Sepp Kuss and Carlos Verona (Movistar) were also punished for taking food or drink within the twenty kilometers. All riders were fined 200 Swiss francs (185 euros) in addition to a time penalty. The team managers of Jumbo-Visma, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Movistar were fined 1000 Swiss francs (926 euros) for breaking the rules.

Surprise

Yates reacted astonished when he was allowed to go to the stage to pick up the yellow. “That’s not how I imagined taking the yellow sweater. I don’t even know exactly what happened to Julian (Alaphilippe, ed.)”

The Frenchman reacted resignedly: “It was a long and boring stage with a nervous final. I had to stay focused to defend the jersey. But if this is what it is, then so be it. No worries. Tomorrow I’ll get myself back together and we won’t talk about it again.”

The 28-year-old Brit Yates was awarded the yellow jersey once before in the Tour, but never wore it. In 2016 Chris Froome finished part of the Mont Ventoux in the twelfth stage without a bike, losing a minute and a half and Yates seemed to become the new leader.

However, the jury decided to intervene and give Froome the same time as Bauke Mollema, with whom Froome drove when he had to continue walking. Because of this Froome kept the yellow jersey.