Yates handed 10-second penalty on Tour de France

Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:45pm EDT
 
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SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France (Reuters) - Briton Adam Yates was handed a 10-second penalty by the Tour de France's race jury for a "handsling" in Friday's 19th stage.

The Orica-Bike Exchange rider, who benefited from a push via the hand of team mate Ruben Plaza, was also given a fine of 200 Swiss francs ($202).

Yates, 23, now trails overall leader Chris Froome by four minutes 46 seconds and, more importantly, second-placed Romain Bardet of France by 35 seconds.

Saturday's 20th stage, the last competitive ride on the Tour, is a demanding 146.5-km trek in the Alps.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

 
Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - Stage 18 from Sallanches to Megeve, France - 21/07/2016 - ORICA-BikeExchange rider Adam Yates of Britain cycles during the individual time trial.  REUTERS/Jacques Clawey