EF and Richard Carapaz claimed Tour de France yellow jersey through clever use of 'last resort' rules

The 31-year-old will be the first Ecuadorian to wear yellow at the Tour on Tuesday, and did so thanks to countback

Richard Carapaz in yellow at the Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty Images)

There was more than one bit of history at the Tour de France on Tuesday, as Richard Carapaz became the first Ecuadorian to claim yellow, after Biniam Girmay won stage three to become the first black African to win at the Grand Tour.

However, you might have been a bit confused as to why Carapaz of EF Education-EasyPost pinched the race lead off Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), especially given they finished on the same time on Monday, and were on the same time after stage one and two, as well.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.