Adam Yates bemused to find himself in Tour de France lead after Julian Alaphilippe time penalty

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came to the Tour de France looking for stage wins but he found himself inheriting the yellow jersey on stage 5 after race commissaires ruled that Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), in the lead since Sunday, should be penalised for taking a bidon from the roadside in the final 20km.

Yates said he was ready to quit the Tour de France finish area in the team bus when the shock news filtered through that his presence was urgently required back at the winner’s podium.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.