Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 5
Start/Finish: Exmouth/Exeter, England, United Kingdom
Distance: 177.3 kilometers
Exeter, England — Thursday’s Stage 5 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain started near south British coastline in Exmouth. Four riders escaped early into the 177.3-kilometer stage and earned a gap of more than three minutes. By the time the peloton reached the slopes of Stoke Hill, situated three kilometers from the finish in Exeter, it had already summited two categorized climbs. This final hill splintered both the breakaway and the chasing peloton. With five kilometers remaining, breakaway rider Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) launched a solo attack. The Austrian held on to win the stage solo with a chasing peloton crossing the line just moments later.
“The last few kilometers were full gas with us tackling the final climb at a downright sprint,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Joonas Henttala said. “We were all together up until that point and were able to get David into good position for the final climb.”
Results: Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) took the win eight seconds ahead of Shane Archbold (An Post-Chain Reaction) and Maarten Wynants (Belkin Pro Cycling Team). Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) remains the overall race leader. David Lozano is Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider overall in 47th place.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Friends Life Tour of Britain on Friday with 205.6-km stage beginning in Bath. The stage features three categorized climbs and three intermediate sprints before a downhill finish into Hemel Hempstead.
(Photo: ©Larry Wickmott)