Wout Van Aert had earlier received stage 5 of Tour de France on Wednesday.© AFP
Wout Van Aert picked up a second win of the 2020 Tour de France on Friday as skulduggery and crosswinds mixed to supply an enthralling race that claimed a number of victims. British rider Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey whereas Peter Sagan took the inexperienced factors jersey after his Bora group led a rigorously plotted and brilliantly executed assault to drop his dash rivals. From 150km out, Bora launched an surprising assault, cranking up the tempo with assaults which succeeded in exploiting the crosswinds, splitting the pack and shedding Sagan’s rivals within the factors classification, Irishman Sam Bennett who began the day in inexperienced, and Australian Caleb Ewan.
Among the many different victims was younger Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who began the day in third general and was left behind late on resulting from a puncture with the peloton hitting speeds of 70 km/h in a crosswind.
Jumbo’s Belgian all-rounder Van Aert additionally received stage 5 and on Friday outsprinted a small main group.
“All of the sprinters had been dropped already and afterwards it was completely hectic,” stated the Jumbo rider on the end line.
“It was a great day for the group as some favourites from the GC misplaced time too,” stated Van Aert, whose group chief Primoz Roglic is the favorite to win the Tour.
“I bought a slipstream, discovered a spot and timed my dash completely,” stated Van Aert. “However that is extra of a shock than the final win.”
The stage embarked close by of the 336m-high Millau viaduct that reaches throughout the Tarn Gorge, the place winds additionally hit the Tour in 2019.
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