Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins stage five, Julian Alaphilippe keeps yellow jersey

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Peter Sagan has won his first stage of this year’s Tour de France after a sprint finish to edge out Wout van Aert and Matteo Trentin.

The Slovakian has extended his lead in the points category as he bids for a record seventh green jersey win.

Julian Alaphilippe finished 10th to hold onto the yellow jersey for a third day running and remains 14 seconds of Van Aert.

British defending champion Geraint Thomas remains 45 seconds off the pace after in the pack with teammate Egan Bernal.

“It was nice to get a bit of climbing in the legs and build up for [the first mountain stage on] Thursday,” Thomas told ITV.

“We will know a lot more after stage six. You can’t really tell a lot from the last few days – obviously Alaphilippe is flying up those type of climbs.

“Thursday is a lot different but I think he has certainly shown the form to hang in there and keep the jersey. We will see – it will be interesting. There are a lot of climbs before the last one, so it will be a challenge.”

The Tour continues with the 160km route between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles tomorrow.

Cover Photo: Denismenchov08 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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