PRIVAS, France (AP) – Belgian Wout van Aert won the fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint on Wednesday, while Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey of the race leader.
One day after making a huge effort in the Alps to support his Jumbo Visma team manager, Primoz Roglic, Van Aert claimed a second career stage victory on the Tour.
Van Aert used his power in the light uphill finish to win by half a wheel ahead of Cees Bol and Sam Bennett.
“It was a heavy finish. It was possibly the easiest stage I’ve ever done in a cycle race because there was no breakaway, not high pace at all, but the last hour was really hectic with the wind, ”said Van Aert.
The Belgian has been in superb form since the cycling season resumed last month, posting victories at Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, as well as a stage victory at the Criterium du Dauphine.
The overall standings remained largely unchanged as Alaphilippe and all the main contenders, including Roglic and defending champion Egan Bernal, had a safe and quiet day in the field.
The tour, which was postponed from its usual July slot due to the coronavirus, ends in Paris on September 20.
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