Today we had stage 5 of the Tour of Britain, starting of from the beautiful Italian Gardens in Stoke on Trent, and ending up back Stoke again at Old Hall Street. Marc de Maar was victorious today on stage five of the tour of Britain Unitedhealthcare rider Sep Vanmarcke managed to take second spot, with Boy Van Poppel making up the top three places.The gold jersey changes place again today for the fourth day in a row, Australian Leigh Howard gets to wear the gold jersey for the first time in the Tour of Britain, and was totally delighted with the way things have gone so far, He spoke with one of our guys from The Bike Expert after the race and said ” he was really pleased to be wearing the Ig gold jersey ” and was so pleased with the suport that he had received from his teammates in the race to date”. He also complained about the cold and said that he really wasn’t used to the cold.
Mark Cavendish lost a bit of time today, and was lying at the back of the peloton for a period, some 10 mins back on the lead group, Bradley Wiggens fell back to give some support to his team leader but the time lapse was just to much. Former Giro champion Ivan Basso had a good ride today, leading one of the main breakaway groups on the first big climb, only to get caught by the main group again. As the GC stands at the present Howard leads by 7 seconds Van Poppel and Sep Vanmarcke 10 seconds. The Chain Reaction Cycles points jersey is worn by Boy Van Poppel today.