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Bennett becomes first Irishman in 31 years to wear green jersey at Tour de France

The Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider had a third-place finish, with Wout van Aert claiming Stage 5.

SAM BENNETT HAS become the first Irishman to wear the green jersey at the Tour de France since Sean Kelly in 1989.

The Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider had a third-place finish in today’s fifth stage, with Belgium’s Wout van Aert first across the line after 183km of racing, which ended in the south-eastern town of Privas.

Britain’s Adam Yates took the leader’s yellow jersey as overnight leader Julian Alaphilippe was penalised for taking on provisions in the final 20km.

Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates takes advantage of Alaphilippe’s 20-second sanction for drinking water from a bottle at the 17km mark.

“Nobody wants to take the jersey like this,” Yates said when he found out. “I was on the bus and were about to leave for the hotel when I got a call. I asked Julian and he told me he had a time fine.

In the stage itself the powerful Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma made it two stage wins in two days as Van Aert edged a tight bunch sprint on a narrow winding finish.

In another change of jerseys Ireland’s Bennett took the green sprint points shirt from seven-time winner Peter Sagan by finishing third.

Van Aert’s Jumbo-Visma arrived at the Tour as the in-form team with the most powerful looking line-up on the roster, and are the chief challenger to the dominance of Team Ineos who have won seven of the last eight Tours.

Jumbo leader Primoz Roglic won Tuesday’s stage testing the other overall contenders with his late kick and claiming the stage win atop the climb to an Alpine ski station.

  © – AFP, 2020 

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