Tour de France - Adam Yates: I don't think anyone wants to take the jersey like this
Sep 03 2020 12:56 am CET

Tour de France - Adam Yates: I don't think anyone wants to take the jersey like this
Tour de France - Adam Yates: I don't think anyone wants to take the jersey like this
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates has topped the General Classification standings after Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuininck-Quick-Step) received a penalty for unauthorised feeding in the last kilometres.

The Briton finished the stage on the second position of the overall standings, four minutes behind Alaphilippe. But as the podium ceremony was happening, the Tour de France organisation decided to penalise the Frenchman after seeing images of him receiving a bottle within the last 20 kilometres, which is penalised with 20 seconds.

At the end of the ceremony, Yates surprisingly climbed to the podium to claim the Yellow Jersey. "It was a really calm that, there was no breakaway, we just cruised for the first 100 kilometres or so," explained the Briton. "And then it got pretty nervous there in the final, there was a bit of wind in the end, a bit of crosswind so it got nervous towards the end but here we are.

"It is not the way I imagined taking the jersey, I'm not even sure what has happened to Julian, I heard he got a time penalty or something for taking a feed late. But, if I'm honest I don't think anyone wants to take the jersey like this but I guess I'll wear it tomorrow.

"Tomorrow I was looking to try and take the jersey anyway, so I guess I will just try and go with the same tactic, try to win the stage and see what happens."




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