Julian Alaphilippe has been handed a 20-second penalty for taking an illegal feed in the final kilometres of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse .
The world champion was part of a 10-man chase group behind attackers Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) nine kilometres from the summit finish at Leukerbad when he dropped back to his Deceuninck-QuickStep team car and took a bottle and energy gel.
The race director, watching proceedings from the car situated just behind the group and ahead of the Deceuninck-QuickStep car, could be seen gesturing at Alaphilippe as the Frenchman took a bottle, and the pair had a heated discussion shortly afterwards.
As a result of his penalty, Alaphilippe drops from third to fourth on the general classification, falling from 33 seconds to 53 seconds behind stage winner and race leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers).
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According the UCI regulation 1.2.039 , which prohibits feeding in the final 20 kilometres of a stage at a WorldTour stage race, Alaphilippe will also receive a 200CHF fine for his actions.
"I was à bloc , I needed to drink, and my director said I could take a last bidon, but at the moment I was taking it he hesitated a bit," Alaphilippe said after […]