Tour of Britain #5: Break just survives to take stage

Steve Cummings 1 TdF Stage 8 Stiehl

Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain saw a nail-biting finish with the breakaway versing the peloton, in the end the breakaway would win, but only just. Jack Bauer (Cannondale-Drapac) won ahead of Amael Moinard (BMC) and Eric Roswell (Madison-Gensis).

It was another long and lumpy day in Britain as riders left Aberdare to Bath on a 195km journey. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka the plan remained the same, to keep Steve Cummings position on GC protected. A 5 rider break was able to go clear and as the break hit the 6-minute mark, our African Team once again took responsibility for the race.

Riding to keep the break in check, the peloton was put under pressure by our African Team with a number of riders nat able to sustain the pace in the main group. The gap started to decrease but it was not our main concern as to whether they would be caught in the end or not, just protecting our GC aspirations was the priority.

Eventually a few other teams came to help us out and then it looked like the break might actually be caught. Those efforts were a little too late though as the break still had enough to come into the home straight with a handful of seconds to play with. Despite Moinard’s constant attacking in the final kilometers, his breakaway mate, Bauer was able to stay cool, calm and collected even with the peloton bearing down on them to take a good win ahead of Moinard and Roswell.

Steve Cummings was again our best placed rider on the day, crossing the line in 17th after just trying to stay out of trouble by riding at the front of the race and therefore kept his 2nd place on GC. Tomorrow will be a big day in the GC race as the summit finish during tomorrow’s 6th stage should definitely give the overall placing’s a shake.

Steve Cummings – Rider.

Once again we just had to be attentive today, it was a hard stage where anything could happen, like all the stages so far. Tomorrow will be another hard stage with the hilltop finish, I’ve ridden well on these hilltop finishes in the past but there are some good climbers here. I will give it my best and then have a look at the GC afterwards to see how we going.

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