Julian Alaphilippe puts brave face on loss of yellow jersey at Tour de France

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Julian Alaphilippe bade an utterly unexpected farewell to the overall lead at the Tour de France on Wednesday after commissaires meted out a 20-second penalty to the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider for taking a bidon in the last 20 kilometres of stage 5.

The last-minute twist in what had otherwise been a monumentally uneventful day’s racing saw Alaphilippe waiting at the foot of the winner’s podium for confirmation that he was out of the yellow jersey he had held since winning stage 2 in Nice on Sunday.

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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.