Bennett takes green jersey after third place in Stage 5

Bennett takes green jersey after third place in Stage 5

Ewan - victor of three stages at last year's race, including on the Champs-Elysees - squeezed past Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan as he hunted down Bennett, the Australian passing the Irish champion just ahead of the line.

Roglic was in a packed group including last year's victor Egan Bernal, of Colombia, and France's Julian Alaphilippe but broke away in the final kilometer to beat compatriot Tadej Pogacar in to second leave Frenchman Guillaume Martin in third.

The decision saw Mitchelton-Scott's Yates, who began the day four seconds down, elevated to race leader.

"It was quite a fast day, it was hard but the guys again did a really good job", Roglic said, thanking his teammates for their support in the final climb.

The Belgian has been in superb form since the cycling season resumed last month, posting victories at the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, as well as a stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Roglic crossed first ahead of Tadej Pogacar and Guillaume Martin.

"I'm coming back", Roglic said. "Like I said, a nice day, we stayed safe and we won which is better still". I already got proof that I was ready for the start.

Orcieres-Merlette has held a famous place in the Tour's history since Luis Ocana beat the great Eddy Merckx by more than eight minutes in the 1971 race before crashing out three days later.

"It's not good to see another GC rider take some seconds".

Before the final battle took shape, a group of six riders attacked from the start outside the city of Sisteron.

The sextet did not collaborate well as German Nils Politt tried to drop his companions twice in downhills.

Wout van Aert won the 183km stage from Gap to Privas in a sprint finish but the drama came after the race.

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