The 28-year-old is now 16th in the overall rankings, 16 seconds behind new leader Yates.
Asked whether he would be willing to return to England in the future, Bale replied, "If those options arise, it is something I'd look at for sure."
Alaphilippe had led Yates by four seconds when the race was finished and looked to have retained the yellow jersey, but television footage showed him taking a bottle from a Deceuninck-Quick Step team support member with 17.8km to go - under the rules of cycling's world governing body UCI, riders are not allowed to take on food or drink in the final 20km of a race.
There were also second round wins for fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, fifth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany and seventh seed David Goffin of Belgium.
Before the game, Dalian ranked seventh with six points in the eight-team division in northeastern China's Dalian city, while Henan, also on six points, sat at the bottom by virtue of their inferior goal difference.
The match ended in a goalless draw, despite Botafogo's 17 shots on goal to Coritiba's seven.
At Rio de Janeiro's Olympic stadium, former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou made his debut for Botafogo but could not inspire the hosts to victory over Coritiba.
Duplantis tried to challenge Sergei Bubka's 26-year-old outdoor record of 6.14 meters, but failed to continue after one unsuccessful attempt at 6.15 meters as darkness set in.
With this result, Dalian are sixth in Group A with nine points, while Henan with six points remained in last place. Enditem
DALIAN, China, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Former Italian international Eder scored the winner to help Jiangsu Suning beat Shangdong Luneng 1-0 in a Chinese Super League tie on Thursday.
Garcia looked untouchable in the first set and for much of the second, blasting 30 winners and breaking Pliskova's serve three times en route to a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory.