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Bauer wins Stage 5 in Bath

Jack Bauer

Jack Bauer, by Jeremy-Gunther-Heinz Jahnick, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

New Zealander Jack Bauer of Cannondale Drapac won Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2016 in Bath.

He was in a 5-man breakaway with Erick Rowsell, Johnny McEvoy, Amaël Moinard, and Javier Moreno. Their lead came down consistently towards the finish, and the peloton was on them as the line approached. Caleb Ewan was first of the main pack - but not able to catch Bauer, Moinard, and Rowsell, who were still a few metres ahead. Ewan was fourth.

CyclingNews has a full report and result.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016

Royal Crescent, Bath

Royal Crescent, Bath, by Lauren Tucker, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 194.5km from Aberdare to Castle Bath. There's 3,292m of climbing.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: route map

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: stage profile and timings

Profile of Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016

Profile of Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016, © Tour of Britain

These are the estimated timings and detailed route of Stage 5.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the start in Aberdare

Aberdare

Aberdare, by Andy Dolman, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain 2016 starts in Aberdare, on the southern edge of Aberdare Park.

In the neutralised section, the riders go along Glan Road, right on the B4275, through the centre of Aberdare on the A4233 then B4275, then continuing south on the B4275 to Aberaman and Abercwmboi. They cross the river (Afon Cynon) at Mountain Ash. The flag goes down and the racing starts on the A4059 in Mountain Ash.

The race crosses the river Taff, then continues on the A472 past Nelson to Ystrad Mynach. It follows the course of the Sirhowy river north, then goes east on the B4251, to cross the Ebbw river at Crumlin. After that, it's on the A472, then the Crumlin Road, to Pontypool. It takes the A472 Usk Road, and crosses the river Usk at Usk.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Usk

Usk bridge

Usk bridge, by Pauline Eccles, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The first intermediate sprint is at Usk, after 44km. After crossing the river Usk, the riders take Bridge Street, which becomes Monmouth Road. The sprint line is just after the Porthycarne Street junction, in front of the fish and chip shop.

From Usk, the race heads east to Tintern Parva, on the river Wye, and it follows the river to Brockweir and Llandogo, before crossing it.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb at Stowe Green (Category 2)

The first categorised climb on Stage 5 starts very soon after crossing the river Wye, at km73.4. The climb is on the Stowe Road, and the summit is at km76.9, at Stowe Green. The climb is from a height of about 40m, to nearly 200m.

The race continues to Clearwell (known for Clearwell Castle and Clearwell Caves). It's now on the edge of the Forest of Dean. This map shows the route through the Forest of Dean. The riders go through Coleford, Broadwell, and Cannop.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb on Speech House Road (Category 2)

Speech House

The Speech House, Forest of Dean, by Jeff Collins, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

At Cannop, the race crosses Cannop Brook, then the road starts to climb. This is the Speech House Road climb, from 86.1 to 87.2km. The height at the brook is about 100m, and at the Speech House (a historic building which is now a hotel) at the top, it's about 170m.

The race continues to the outskirts of Cinderford, then it's on to Littledean and Elton. The riders take the A48, which follows the river Severn. The A40 then A4301 bring them to the edge of Gloucester, going past Gloucester Docks.

Gloucester Docks

Gloucester Docks, by Jim Linwood, Licence CC BY 2.0

The riders leave Gloucester on the A4173 Stroud Road, which crosses the M5, climbs to Edge, descends to Pitchcombe, and arrives in Stroud on Beeches Green.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Stroud

The next intermediate sprint is at Stroud. The riders turn right on the A46 near the centre of Stround, cross the railway line, then turn right on Cainscross Road, which runs parallel to the Stroudwater Navigation. The line is on Cainscross Road, near the junction with Lodgemore Lane.

Dudbridge Road takes the riders over the Stroudwater Navigation: they have to assume that the road's name is misleading, and the bridge is fine. It also takes them over the river Frome. They pass Sainsbury's, and start to climb Selsley Hill.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb of Selsley Hill (Category 2)

Stroud from Selsley Common

Stroud from Selsley Common, by Barry, Licence CC BY 2.0

This climb begins after 130.9km, and ends at 132.9km. It's from a height of about 40m, up to about 200m on Selsley Common.

The race continues on the B4066 past the National Trust Woodchester Park property, to Dursley. From there, it takes the A4135, then the B4058 to Wotton-under-Edge.

Wotton-under-Edge

Wotton-under-Edge, by Mike Procario, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Then it's on to Kingswood, Wickwar, and Chipping Sodbury (past the golf and football club, and onto the High Street). The riders go through Wapley, and cross the M4 to Pucklechurch.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Pucklechurch

The final intermediate sprint of the day comes after 174.1km, at Pucklechurch. The line is just before the village, on the B4465 Westerleigh Road.

Next, it's on to Abson, Wick, Bridgeyate, North Common, and Oldland Common. This is the outskirts of Bristol, and the race passes close to the Avon Valley Railway.

Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016: to the finish in Bath

Royal Crescent, Bath

Royal Crescent, Bath, by Lauren Tucker, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

The riders turn left onto the A431, heading south east alongside the river Avon towards the finish in Bath. They cross the river Boyd, pass through Bitton, Swineford, and Kelston, and come to Lower Weston, on the edge of Bath.

They take Upper Bristol Road alongside Royal Victoria Park, then turn left on Marlborough Lane. Finally, there's a sharp right turn on Royal Avenue, in Victoria park, and 400m further on, cross the finish line. The finish line is near well-known Bath landmarks the Royal Crescent and the Assembly Rooms.

There's a map of the final miles, and the finish in the park in Bath.

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Mark Cavendish in his HTC Colombia days, by Brendan Rankin, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

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