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TOB 2013 - Stage 5
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/20/2013
TOB 2013 - Stage 5
2013 Daily Peloton Tour of Britain

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2013 Tour of Britain: Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km - Sir Bradley Wiggins retained his lead in the IG Gold Jersey following Stage Five through the heart of Wales.  The Sky Pro Cycling rider finished seventh as Irishman Sam Bennett took the stage win in Caerphilly, heading Michal Golas and Martin Elmiger in the sprint outside Caerphilly Castle.

Report by Gavin Hughes

During their Conquest of Ancient Britain, in 750AD, the Romans built a fort in the area of Caerphilly. This was superseded by an impressive castle that stands there to this day.  The fortresses and ancient ruins draw attention to the region's historical strategic significance, a fact not lost on Team Sky,  who regarded today's stage from Hoel Maengwyn to Caerphilly as one with great strategic importance for their very own latter day conquest of Britain.

Before the stage, Sir Bradley Wiggins highlighted this stage as one where danger lurked, in the form of four category one climbs including a testing circuit of Caerphilly and two ascents over the spiteful Caerphilly Mountain:

"I think the race will be decided in the final on those two laps," said Wiggins about the Caerphilly circuit.  "I looked at this stage last week and rode it. It's going to be another tough day tomorrow, probably the toughest of the race in terms of that finishing circuit. I don't believe Haytor [Stage 6 on Friday] is a proper mountain finish as such, so I think tomorrow will be a real key climbing day. It's been the crucial stage in the previous years so I'm expecting it to be the same."

Wiggins was not the only member of the peloton who had been brushing up on his strategic history, as a four man break managed to build up a lead of over three and a half minutes.  Movistar and Garmin were represented in the break and Omega Pharma QuickStep perhaps feeling the run up to the finish not suiting their sprinters, Sky set about the singlehanded chase of the leaders. 

With 20km to go and the lead down to forty seconds the game was over for the breakaway but not before Angel Madrozo (MOV) had tightened his grip on the KOM jersey and earned himself the Sprinter's jersey as reward for his day out in the front. 

Nairo Quintara and alex Dowsett finally took up the challenge with a punishing pace approaching Caerphilly where first Quintara and then Dan Martin of Garmin Sharp took the opportunity on the climbs to attack. 

With the peloton now stretched Sam Bennett sprinted to claim victory with Michel Gomas of OPQS second, Wiggins and Ian Stannard finished closely behind – the former retaining his 37 second lead over teammate Ian Stannard.  Bennett said "It was a real hard fight coming into the finish but I knew if I hung on up the climb that I would recuperate quick enough for the sprint and I just hung in.  It was a bit of a gamble going into the last corner - I went a bit wide - but I had enough acceleration to take the win."

Wiggins paid tribute to his teammates: "The boys again – I keep saying it but I’m nothing without that team. They rode once again all day, controlled the race. Then in the final I used Ian and David Lopez as long as possible, right to the last kilometre. They left me with nothing to do other than sit there really. I don’t have the acceleration of those guys Dan (Martin) and (Nairo) Quintana have but I just time trial. I know how to pace my effort and it works. I won the Tour de France like that. It’s been a long road but I’ve worked hard for a good 20 weeks to get into this condition. I said at the start of the week that this is what it’s been all about.”

The Tour of Britain continues in Devon for the 137KM stage 6 from Sidmouth on the Jurassic Coast to a Hilltop finish at Haytor on Dartmoor.  This is the first summit finish since the Tour of Britain was “rebooted” ten years ago.

Stage 5 - Result

Position Rider Name Team Name Time and Deficit
1 Sam Bennett AN Post Chain Reaction 4h 35' 29''
2 Michal Golas Omega Pharma Quick-Step st
3 Martin Elmiger IAM Cycling st

General classification after Stage 5

Position Rider Name Team Name Time and Deficit
1 Sir Bradley Wiggins Sky Procycling 20h 47' 5''
2 Ian Stannard Sky Procycling 0' 37''
3 Martin Elmiger IAM Cycling 0' 43''

Points Standings after Stage 5

Position Rider Name Team Name Points
1 Sam Bennett AN Post Chain Reaction 35
2 Martin Elmiger IAM Cycling 34
3 Jack Bauer Garmin Sharp 34

King of the Mountains after Stage 5

Position Rider Name Team Name Points
1 Angel Madrazo Ruiz Movistar 54
2 Sean Downey AN Post Chain Reaction 28
3 Anthony Delaplace Sojasun 28

Sprint Standings after Stage 5

Position Rider Name Team Name points
1 Angel Madrazo Ruiz Movistar 21
2 Aaron Gate AN Post Chain Reaction 18
3 Thomas Scully Team Raleigh 13

Young Rider Standings after Stage 5

Position Rider Name Team Name Time and Deficit
1 Simon Yates** Great Britain 20h 48' 28''
2 Alistair Slater** Great Britain 7' 30''
3 Thomas Moses** Team Raleigh 7' 49''

Team Standings after Stage 5

Position Team Name Time Deficit
1 Sky Procycling 62h 23' 10''
2 IAM Cycling 62h 25' 13'' 2' 3''
3 Omega Pharma Quick-Step 62h 27' 42'' 4' 32''

Stage 5 Combativity Award

Race Number Rider Name
185 Jacob Rathe**


Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de Langkawi 2012

Race Route © Tour of Britain

The route of the 2013 Tour of Britain is as follows:

Stage 1  Sunday 15th September Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km

Stage 2  Monday 16th September Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal 225km

Stage 3  Tuesday 17th September Knowsley Individual Time Trial 16km

Stage 4  Wednesday 18th September Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis 190.9km

Stage 5  Thursday 19th September Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km

Stage 6  Friday 20th September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km

Stage 7  Saturday 21st September Epsom to Guildford 150.4km

Stage 8  Sunday 22nd September The London Stage, presented by TfL 88km


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