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4th Tour of Britain - Stage 5
 
By Nick Bull
Date: 9/14/2007
4th Tour of Britain - Stage 5
 

4th Tour of Britain -  Stage 5
Tinkoff's Alexander Serov and T-Mobiles Mark Cavendish the sole survivors on the road to Kendal on the penultimate stage. Cavendish reclaims sprint crown.


September 9 - 15 2007

The two most prolific teams of the 2007 Tour of Britain dominated Friday’s fifth stage, a 170km ride from Liverpool to Kendal, in North West England. A fair sized lead group formed early on, which eventually allowed Tinkoff’s Alexander Serov to take the honours at the finish, after distancing himself from the first leader of the Tour, and breakaway companion, Mark Cavendish. A reversal in positions would have given the young T Mobile sprinter his 11th win in 2007, a target that he has recently set upon himself.

The weather had taken a turn for the worse since the end of Thursday’s stage into Rotherham; clouds, wind and fairly low temperatures greeted the riders as the race set out from Liverpool’s Sefton Park at 10.15am. After 25 kilometres the stage rolled onto the Promenade in Southport – and several riders reported to having sand blown in their face for the three or so kilometres where the race ran adjacent to the sea. This blowing sand, along with the wind, looked like splitting the peloton up into several groups, though this never materialised.

Ten riders escaped from the pack, and this became the decisive move of the stage. Along with Cavendish were fellow Brits Geraint Thomas, Kristian House and Alex Dowsett; the latter admitted before the prologue in Crystal Palace on Sunday that he wanted to be active in an important breakaway in the Tour. As momentum decreased after an encouraging start, and having gained a sizeable gap, Dowsett was one of the riders who sat up.


T-Mobile's Mark Cavendish leads Tinkoff's Serov. Photo c. T-Mobile

Undeterred, Serov and Cavendish rode on strongly; at one point they had worked their gap to just under six minutes. Even though the Tinkoff rider started the day over eleven minutes behind race leader, Fuerteventura’s Adrian Palomares, the Spanish team began working with the Duja Tariva team at the head of the peloton, with the aims of keeping the leaders in check, and ensuring no-one broke away, and gaining time on their respective team leaders, who were separated by just a slender second in the GC.

With their lead looking unassailable, the two leaders decided to split the points on offer fairly; Cavendish clocked up fifteen points at the intermediate sprint points – the maximum available- and let Serov take the six points on offer at the first climb, the second category Grizedale after 108km.

However, as the race reached its final stages, it encountered a second category climb at Old Town, just sixteen kilometres from Kendal, along with another tricky climb at Blease, just four kilometres later. It was on the first hill that Serov showed his intentions, accelerating frequently in order to weaken Cavendish, who is a superior sprinter. The Tinkoff rider didn’t want to tow him to the finish, and managed to drop him just before Blease Hill.


Stage 5 winner Alexander Serov.
Photo © Dave O'Nyons Sports Pictorial

Serov rode strongly into the finish, and only started celebrating in the final few hundred metres. He needn’t have worried, though, as his breakaway compatriot Cavendish came in 1’43” behind. Remarkably, he finished ahead of a now flying peloton, who had completed the final fifteen kilometres at one of the fastest paces seen in the Tour this year.

Thirty eight riders managed to stay with the pack, led in my Romain Feillu two seconds behind the British Sprinter. The Agritubel rider Feillu – who has ridden quietly but consistently, now moves into third place, just three seconds off of the race lead. He is a stronger sprinter than the two men in front of him, David Blanco Rodriguez (Duja Tariva) and race leader Adrian Palomares; tomorrow’s final stage into Glasgow is expected to come down to a bunch sprint. The race had fragmented greatly - eight groups came in over five minutes down.


David Blanco Rodriguez (Duja Tariva) Photo © Dave O'Nyons Sports Pictorial

Interestingly, Feillu’s lead of the Points Classification looks the most secure of all the inter-race competitions, although Ben Swift (Barloworld) needs just two points to secure the Eon-sponsored King of the Mountains classification. Cavendish’s work up front today saw him rewarded with the lead in the Sprints contest.

The final stage on Saturday totals 156.5km; starting from Dumfries and finishing in Scotland’s second city, Glasgow.

T-Mobile in the Tour of Britain
Brit Mark Cavendish takes the sprint jersey.
It proved to be one of the toughest days of the event so far for the young British rider who had to deal with heavy roads and strong winds along with the disadvantage of being away from the group. Cavendish, who finished fourth, now sits at the top of the sprints competition with twenty two points and second in the points competition with thirty six. Adrian Palomares currently holds the yellow jersey with a one second lead over Blanco Rodriguez.


Mark Cavendish in the Sprint Leaders Jersey
Photo c. T-Mobile

Talking after the race Mark Cavendish commented; “It was a really tough day for me so I am delighted to have managed to hold on in second place and to be able to ride the finishing stage wearing the sprints jersey for T-Mobile. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s stage and will be hoping for a bunch sprint at the finish in Glasgow.”

No Luck for Team CSC
Team CSC made several attempts during the 170-kilometer fifth stage of Tour of Britain from Liverpool to Kendal, but in the end the mission failed.

"We tried as hard as we possibly could, but without luck. Anders Lund, Lars Bak, Martin Pedersen and Luke Roberts were all very active in different attempts. But unfortunately Luke was beaten in several sprints so I think he ended up dropping back a spot or two in the general classification," said sports director Scott Sunderland after the stage.

"Luke did his best with a lot of help from his teammates, but the finish was a bit too tough for him. Even though he was god in the sprint he was beaten in the end," concluded a disappointed Sunderland.

The Tour of Britain finishes tomorrow with the sixth and final stage of the seven day race from Dumfries to Glasgow (156.5km).

Stage 5 Results
Liverpool - Kendal
170 km - 4:00:53
1 15 RUS Serov,Alexander TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 4h00'53"
2 161 GBR Cavendish,Mark TMO T- Mobile 4h02'36" @01'43"
3 123 FRA Feillu,Romain AGR Agritubel 4h02'38" @01'45"


Adrian Palomares  Photo © Dave O'Nyons Sports Pictorial

4 165 CZE Rabon,Frantisek TMO T- Mobile 4h02'40" @01'47"
5 111 ARG Garrido,Martin DUJ Duja Tavira 4h02'40" @ s/t
6 105 BEL Verbist,Evert JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 4h02'42" @01'49"
7 72 ESP Palomares,Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 4h02'42" @ s/t
8 6 AUS Roberts,Luke CSC CSC 4h02'42" @ s/t
9 16 RUS Trusov,Nikolai TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 4h02'42" @ s/t
10 23 GBR Bellis,John GBR Great Britain 4h02'42" @ s/t
11 114 ESP Blanco Rodriguez,David DUJ Duja Tavira 4h02'42" @ s/t
12 151 AUS Bates,Gene AIS South Australia.com-AIS 4h02'42" @ s/t
13 12 ITA Contrini,Daniele TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 4h02'42" @ s/t
14 76 ESP Munoz Banon,David FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 4h02'42" @ s/t
15 136 NED Tjallingii,Maarten SKS Skil-Shimano 4h02'42" @ s/t
16 104 BEL Pauwels,Serge JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 4h02'42" @ s/t
17 152 AUS Clarke,Simon AIS South Australia.com-AIS 4h02'42" @ s/t
18 44 NED Van Poppel,Boy RB3 Rabobank 4h02'42" @ s/t
19 143 BEL De Backer,Bert NAV Navigators Insurance 4h02'46" @01'53"
20 132 NED Rooijakkers,Piet SKS Skil-Shimano 4h02'46" @ s/t
21 46 NED Veelers,Tom RB3 Rabobank 4h02'46" @ s/t
22 86 AUS Sulzberger,Bernard DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 4h02'46" @ s/t
23 61 RSA Van Heerden,Christoff KON Team Konica Minolta 4h02'46" @ s/t
24 24 GBR Hampton,Russell GBR Great Britain 4h02'46" @ s/t
25 84 GBR Oliphant,Evan DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 4h02'46" @ s/t
26 106 BEL Hovelijnck,Kurt JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 4h02'46" @ s/t
27 134 FRA Deroo,David SKS Skil-Shimano 4h02'46" @ s/t
28 43 NED Keizer,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 4h02'46" @ s/t
29 42 NED Berkhout,Thomas RB3 Rabobank 4h02'46" @ s/t
30 64 KEN Froome,Christopher KON Team Konica Minolta 4h02'46" @ s/t
31 82 GBR Lloyd,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 4h02'46" @ s/t
32 93 GBR Gaywood,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 4h02'46" @ s/t
33 71 ESP Bernabeu,Vicente FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 4h02'46" @ s/t
34 85 GBR Fleeman,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 4h02'46" @ s/t
35 35 ITA Caccia,Diego BAR Barloworld 4h02'46" @ s/t
36 1 DEN Pedersen,Martin CSC CSC 4h02'46" @ s/t
37 55 GBR Bonser,Ryan RCY Recycling.co.uk 4h02'46" @ s/t
38 126 FRA Vogondy,Nicolas AGR Agritubel 4h02'46" @ s/t
39 142 USA Cooke,Matt NAV Navigators Insurance 4h02'46" @ s/t
40 54 GBR Diggle,Tom RCY Recycling.co.uk 4h02'46" @ s/t
41 36 GBR Swift,Ben BAR Barloworld 4h02'58" @02'05"
42 163 GBR Hammond,Roger TMO T- Mobile 4h02'58" @ s/t
43 25 GBR Tennant,Andrew GBR Great Britain 4h02'58" @ s/t
44 112 POR Victorino,Nelson DUJ Duja Tavira 4h02'58" @ s/t
45 164 NED Knaven,Servais TMO T- Mobile 4h02'58" @ s/t
46 52 GBR Partridge,Rob RCY Recycling.co.uk 4h02'58" @ s/t
47 153 AUS Walker,Johnnie AIS South Australia.com-AIS 4h02'58" @ s/t
48 73 ESP Lloret,Manuel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 4h02'58" @ s/t
49 166 GBR Stannard,Ian TMO T- Mobile 4h03'03" @02'10"
50 131 NED Goesinnen,Floris SKS Skil-Shimano 4h03'05" @02'12"
51 65 RSA Allen,Travis KON Team Konica Minolta 4h03'14" @02'21"
52 21 GBR Manning,Paul GBR Great Britain 4h03'14" @ s/t
53 122 FRA Coutouly,Cedric AGR Agritubel 4h03'14" @ s/t
54 116 POR Caldeira,Samuel DUJ Duja Tavira 4h03'23" @02'30"
55 155 AUS Sulzberger,Wesley AIS South Australia.com-AIS 4h03'25" @02'32"
56 41 NED Maaskant,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 4h03'25" @ s/t
57 45 NED Vermeltfoort,Coen RB3 Rabobank 4h03'25" @ s/t
58 124 FRA Berges,Emilien AGR Agritubel 4h03'27" @02'34"
59 96 GBR Richardson,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 4h03'27" @ s/t
60 4 ARG Haedo,Juan Jose CSC CSC 4h03'31" @02'38"
61 3 AUS Goss,Mathew CSC CSC 4h03'31" @ s/t
62 133 NED Vierhouten,Aart SKS Skil-Shimano 4h03'31" @ s/t
63 11 ITA Commesso,Salvatore TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 4h03'36" @02'43"
64 2 DEN Lund,Anders CSC CSC 4h03'39" @02'46"
65 34 GBR Thomas,Geraint BAR Barloworld 4h03'39" @ s/t
66 13 ITA Aggiano,Elia TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 4h03'41" @02'48"
67 125 FRA Bichot,Freddy AGR Agritubel 4h03'47" @02'54"
68 141 GBR House,Kristan NAV Navigators Insurance 4h04'01" @03'08"
69 53 GBR Holt,Simon RCY Recycling.co.uk 4h04'30" @03'37"
70 156 AUS Dempster,Zakkari AIS South Australia.com-AIS 4h04'37" @03'44"
71 5 DEN Bak,Lars Ytting CSC CSC 4h05'02" @04'09"
72 145 BEL Vanmuysen,Roel NAV Navigators Insurance 4h05'29" @04'36"
73 95 GBR Millard,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 4h08'05" @07'12"
74 26 GBR Dowsett,Alex GBR Great Britain 4h08'21" @07'28"
75 14 ITA Riccio,Bernardo TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 4h10'16" @09'23"
76 144 USA Rodriguez,David NAV Navigators Insurance 4h10'44" @09'51"
77 66 RSA Van Niekerk,Dennis KON Team Konica Minolta 4h10'44" @ s/t
78 81 GBR Haynes,Hamish DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 4h10'45" @09'52"
79 63 RSA Green,Rodney KON Team Konica Minolta 4h10'54" @10'01"
80 91 GBR Gibb,Tony PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 4h14'20" @13'27"
81 102 BEL Stubbe,Tom JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 4h14'30" @13'37"
82 94 GBR McCallum,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 4h14'30" @ s/t
83 103 BEL De Ketele,Kenny JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 4h14'30" @ s/t
84 113 POR Mestre,Ricardo DUJ Duja Tavira 4h14'30" @ s/t
85 135 NED Van Hummel,Kenny SKS Skil-Shimano 4h14'30" @ s/t
86 22 GBR Clancy,Edward GBR Great Britain 4h14'30" @ s/t
87 115 NED Sneeboer,Paul DUJ Duja Tavira 4h14'30" @ s/t
88 74 CRC Bonilla,José Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 4h14'30" @ s/t
89 75 ESP Artetxte,Mikel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 4h14'30" @ s/t
90 32 ITA Degano,Enrico BAR Barloworld 4h14'30" @ s/t

General Classification After Stage 5
1 72 ESP Palomares,Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 17h50'12"
2 114 ESP Blanco Rodriguez,David DUJ Duja Tavira 17h50'13" @01"
3 123 FRA Feillu,Romain AGR Agritubel 17h50'15" @03"

4 6 AUS Roberts,Luke CSC CSC 17h50'20" @08"
5 111 ARG Garrido,Martin DUJ Duja Tavira 17h50'24" @12"
6 132 NED Rooijakkers,Piet SKS Skil-Shimano 17h50'25" @13"
7 152 AUS Clarke,Simon AIS South Australia.com-AIS 17h50'29" @17"
8 136 NED Tjallingii,Maarten SKS Skil-Shimano 17h50'29" = s/t
9 151 AUS Bates,Gene AIS South Australia.com-AIS 17h50'30" @18"
10 76 ESP Munoz Banon,David FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 17h50'33" @21"
11 71 ESP Bernabeu,Vicente FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 17h50'38" @26"
12 73 ESP Lloret,Manuel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 17h50'48" @36"
13 43 NED Keizer,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 17h50'54" @42"
14 16 RUS Trusov,Nikolai TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 17h50'54" = s/t
15 82 GBR Lloyd,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 17h51'19" @01'07"
16 104 BEL Pauwels,Serge JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 17h51'20" @01'08"
17 105 BEL Verbist,Evert JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 17h51'22" @01'10"
18 84 GBR Oliphant,Evan DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 17h51'24" @01'12"
19 1 DEN Pedersen,Martin CSC CSC 17h51'26" @01'14"
20 64 KEN Froome,Christopher KON Team Konica Minolta 17h51'27" @01'15"
21 86 AUS Sulzberger,Bernard DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 17h51'32" @01'20"
22 142 USA Cooke,Matt NAV Navigators Insurance 17h51'35" @01'23"
23 131 NED Goesinnen,Floris SKS Skil-Shimano 17h51'43" @01'31"
24 126 FRA Vogondy,Nicolas AGR Agritubel 17h51'43" = s/t
25 24 GBR Hampton,Russell GBR Great Britain 17h51'47" @01'35"
26 85 GBR Fleeman,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 17h51'56" @01'44"
27 35 ITA Caccia,Diego BAR Barloworld 17h52'45" @02'33"
28 112 POR Victorino,Nelson DUJ Duja Tavira 17h54'06" @03'54"
29 163 GBR Hammond,Roger TMO T- Mobile 17h56'28" @06'16"
30 21 GBR Manning,Paul GBR Great Britain 17h56'51" @06'39"
31 3 AUS Goss,Mathew CSC CSC 17h56'52" @06'40"
32 36 GBR Swift,Ben BAR Barloworld 17h58'22" @08'10"
33 15 RUS Serov,Alexander TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 17h59'19" @09'07"
34 125 FRA Bichot,Freddy AGR Agritubel 18h00'24" @10'12"
35 165 CZE Rabon,Frantisek TMO T- Mobile 18h01'23" @11'11"
36 23 GBR Bellis,John GBR Great Britain 18h01'30" @11'18"
37 161 GBR Cavendish,Mark TMO T- Mobile 18h01'30" = s/t
38 42 NED Berkhout,Thomas RB3 Rabobank 18h01'34" @11'22"
39 46 NED Veelers,Tom RB3 Rabobank 18h02'16" @12'04"
40 134 FRA Deroo,David SKS Skil-Shimano 18h02'23" @12'11"
41 124 FRA Berges,Emilien AGR Agritubel 18h02'28" @12'16"
42 153 AUS Walker,Johnnie AIS South Australia.com-AIS 18h02'32" @12'20"
43 116 POR Caldeira,Samuel DUJ Duja Tavira 18h02'56" @12'44"
44 155 AUS Sulzberger,Wesley AIS South Australia.com-AIS 18h02'58" @12'46"
45 55 GBR Bonser,Ryan RCY Recycling.co.uk 18h02'58" = s/t
46 133 NED Vierhouten,Aart SKS Skil-Shimano 18h03'04" @12'52"
47 4 ARG Haedo,Juan Jose CSC CSC 18h03'15" @13'03"
48 2 DEN Lund,Anders CSC CSC 18h03'20" @13'08"
49 122 FRA Coutouly,Cedric AGR Agritubel 18h03'20" = s/t
50 141 GBR House,Kristan NAV Navigators Insurance 18h03'24" @13'12"
51 96 GBR Richardson,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 18h03'30" @13'18"
52 102 BEL Stubbe,Tom JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 18h04'13" @14'01"
53 5 DEN Bak,Lars Ytting CSC CSC 18h04'24" @14'12"
54 44 NED Van Poppel,Boy RB3 Rabobank 18h05'11" @14'59"
55 25 GBR Tennant,Andrew GBR Great Britain 18h05'37" @15'25"
56 74 CRC Bonilla,José Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 18h06'31" @16'19"
57 75 ESP Artetxte,Mikel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 18h06'35" @16'23"
58 41 NED Maaskant,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 18h07'49" @17'37"
59 143 BEL De Backer,Bert NAV Navigators Insurance 18h12'09" @21'57"
60 52 GBR Partridge,Rob RCY Recycling.co.uk 18h12'16" @22'04"
61 164 NED Knaven,Servais TMO T- Mobile 18h12'30" @22'18"
62 45 NED Vermeltfoort,Coen RB3 Rabobank 18h12'32" @22'20"
63 166 GBR Stannard,Ian TMO T- Mobile 18h12'34" @22'22"
64 34 GBR Thomas,Geraint BAR Barloworld 18h12'43" @22'31"
65 54 GBR Diggle,Tom RCY Recycling.co.uk 18h13'02" @22'50"
66 144 USA Rodriguez,David NAV Navigators Insurance 18h13'47" @23'35"
67 61 RSA Van Heerden,Christoff KON Team Konica Minolta 18h14'47" @24'35"
68 93 GBR Gaywood,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 18h14'59" @24'47"
69 11 ITA Commesso,Salvatore TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 18h16'59" @26'47"
70 53 GBR Holt,Simon RCY Recycling.co.uk 18h17'40" @27'28"
71 12 ITA Contrini,Daniele TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 18h17'50" @27'38"
72 156 AUS Dempster,Zakkari AIS South Australia.com-AIS 18h18'20" @28'08"
73 113 POR Mestre,Ricardo DUJ Duja Tavira 18h19'29" @29'17"
74 106 BEL Hovelijnck,Kurt JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 18h21'48" @31'36"
75 66 RSA Van Niekerk,Dennis KON Team Konica Minolta 18h24'04" @33'52"
76 65 RSA Allen,Travis KON Team Konica Minolta 18h24'49" @34'37"
77 115 NED Sneeboer,Paul DUJ Duja Tavira 18h24'53" @34'41"
78 103 BEL De Ketele,Kenny JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 18h24'55" @34'43"
79 26 GBR Dowsett,Alex GBR Great Britain 18h25'05" @34'53"
80 145 BEL Vanmuysen,Roel NAV Navigators Insurance 18h26'08" @35'56"
81 13 ITA Aggiano,Elia TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 18h28'05" @37'53"
82 95 GBR Millard,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 18h29'02" @38'50"
83 22 GBR Clancy,Edward GBR Great Britain 18h30'34" @40'22"
84 81 GBR Haynes,Hamish DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 18h31'53" @41'41"
85 63 RSA Green,Rodney KON Team Konica Minolta 18h32'30" @42'18"
86 14 ITA Riccio,Bernardo TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 18h34'15" @44'03"
87 91 GBR Gibb,Tony PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 18h34'41" @44'29"
88 135 NED Van Hummel,Kenny SKS Skil-Shimano 18h35'04" @44'52"
89 32 ITA Degano,Enrico BAR Barloworld 18h35'49" @45'37"
90 94 GBR McCallum,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 18h37'25" @47'13"

Points Classification
1 123 Feillu,R AGR 45
2 161 Cavendish,M TMO 36
3 16 Trusov,N TCS 32
4 6 Roberts,L CSC 30

Sprints Classification
1 161 Cavendish,M TMO 22
2 156 Dempster,Z AIS 20
3 132 Rooijakkers,P SKS 16
4 15 Serov,A TCS 10

Eon King of the Mountains Classification
1 36 Swift,B BAR 32
2 21 Manning,P GBR 22
3 72 Palomares,A FTV 20
4 15 Serov,A TCS 19
 

 
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