Tour of Britain stage five
When: Thursday, September 11
Today has an unusual feel to it: a region that often plays a pivotal role in the Tour of Britain is this year demoted to a more secondary position. Last year Simon Yates won on the mountaintop
finish to Haytor as Bradley Wiggins all but sealed the overall win by marking and ultimately finishing near all of his major rivals.
But today Haytor will be climbed much earlier in the stage, over 100km from the finish. As such, it will take more of a ceremonial role, providing a chance for fans to get up close to the peloton as it grinds slowly to the summit.
Stoke Hill looks set to be the liveliest climb of the day. In keeping with the theme of this Tour of Britain, the climb is situated just 2km from the finish. Much of the racing after Haytor will be downhill, so the approach to the foot of the hill will be quick, and the suddenness of the shift in terrain may take some riders by surprise.
Given the steepness of Stoke Hill and its proximity to the finish, this stage again looks set to be too difficult for the sprinters, and feels ideally suited to puncheurs. Whoever is leading the race overall will have to be watchful over Haytor and make sure to reach Stoke Hill at the front of the peloton, but this should be a relatively uneventful day in the GC.
0km START, Exmouth 11:00
28.7km Sprint, Powderham Castle 11:56
38.1km KoM, Mamhead, Cat 2 12:09
49.4km Sprint, Chudleigh 12:24
62.3km KoM, Haytor, Cat 12:42
157.7km Sprint, Crediton 14:58
175.3km KoM, Stoke Hill, Cat 2 15:23
177.3km FINISH, Exeter 15:26