Share your thoughts: Did Julian Alaphilippe deserve to lose the yellow jersey to time penalty?

The French star lost the race lead after he was punished by commissaires for an unauthorised feed

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Julian Alaphilippe is no longer the leader of the Tour de France, after the French superstar was handed a time penalty for taking an illegal feed on stage five - we want to hear your thoughts on the incident.

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider was given a 20-second penalty after he took an unauthorised bottle from the side of the road inside the final 20km of the stage, a move which is banned by the UCI.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.