Chicchi wins farcical stage in Britain

On Saturday in Canterbury, 25 year-old Italian Francesco Chicchi took his third season victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain, beating Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) and Aart Vierhouten (Skil-Shimano) in a sprint finish.

However, the stage turned out to be somewhat of a farce. Due to a lack of organisation in closing the race route to traffic, the peloton chose to strike en masse, venting their frustration by riding at 'tourist pace' until 30 kilometres to go.

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