"I thought I had got away with it at the time and I didn't have any trouble when I got back into the race, no skin off or anything like that", Bevin said in a statement released by his team.
His hunt for a seventh green jersey is also looking healthy, today's stage victory increasing his lead over Michael Matthews (Sunweb) to 47 points.
Jumbo-Visma have enjoyed a dream start to the Tour de France, taking victory on the opening two stages in Brussels and holding the yellow jersey for two stages. In the same situation, van Aert offered the cameraman his water bidon on the sunny afternoon.
Mitchelton-Scott's Trentin launched his sprint first but Sagan had the power to come around. "He sprinted really strongly and there is no shame in losing to Sagan". He jumped 50 metres later, passing Trentin before the line, but couldn't get up to Sagan, who crossed the line a bike length ahead. "I have to say thanks to all my team mates". "Sagan is a great victor". I did my best.More news: Arsenal considering player-plus-cash offer for Zaha
"I suffered a bit in the climbs. I did my best".
Van Aert, racing his first full season on the road this year, has excelled throughout the year so far, and is making his Tour debut with high expectations hanging over him.
"From the moment I got off the bus, all the way to the finish line it was just overwhelming", said the 27-year-old.
While France's overall leader Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep will embark in yellow again on the first real mountain test in the Alsace in Eastern France in today's stage 6, the local hero almost further endeared himself to the home fans after having a tilt at the stage win with a downhill charge after the final climb.More news: Aston Villa complete signing of Brentford defender
Second place on the day and six bonus seconds for Jumbo-Visma's Van Aert sees Alaphilippe's cushion in yellow cut to 14 seconds, although Thursday's stage to La Planche des Belles Filles is likely to see a complete rewrite of the general classification. There are a lot of climbs before the last one tomorrow. "Tomorrow will not be my day".
Defending champion Geraint Thomas and his Team Ineos co-captain Egan Bernal finished safely in the pack in Colmar after a stage that passed through vineyards and villages of picturesque half-timbered houses.
The four categorised climbs on today's stage, including the category 2 and 3 climbs 40 kilometres from the finish, proved tantalising for many in the bunch as numerous riders tried escaping from kilometre zero.More news: Viviani wins Tour de France stage four, Alaphilippe stays in yellow