Tour of Britain: Bauer wins stage 5

Jack Bauer (Cannondale-Drapac) won a tactical four-way sprint to secure the stage 5 win at the Tour of Britain. His breakaway companions were left with the remaining podium places: Amael Moinard (BMC) in second and Erick Rowsell (Madison-Genesis) in third, while Javier Moreno (Movistar) was swept up by the bunch sprint behind. Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) took the field sprint for fourth.

The initial five-man break - Johnny McEvoy (NFTO), Rowsell, Bauer, Moinard and Moreno built a lead of 5:21 ahead of the peloton, which was led by three sprinters' teams: Lotto Soudal, LottoNL and Dimension Data, that cut the gap to one minute with 10km to go.

The riders negotiated a climb with 6km to the finish line, and as expected the breakaway began attacking one another. Moinard cleared the group as Bauer, Moreno and Roswell set forth a strong chase behind, forcing McEvoy to lose contact.

The four men regrouped and played a game of cat-and-mouse with under 3km to go, but the gap continued to drop to 30 seconds by the field led by Ian Stannard (Team Sky) followed by Etixx-QuickStep’s and LottoNL-Jumbo’s lead-out teams.

Moinard made one more strong but unsuccessful attack in the final two kilometres and the four linked up again under the flamme rouge.

A tactical finale saw Moreno start the sprint but it was Bauer who took the stage glory just ahead of the bunch sprint.

Julien Vermote (Etixx - QuickStep) continues to lead the overall classification by six seconds ahead of Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) and 1:03 ahead of Ben Swift (Team Sky).

Watch the Tour of Britain stage 5 highlights video

How it happened

The peloton set off under cloudy skies in Aberdare for what was to be a hilly day in the saddle. There were three classified climbs to contend with but a whole lot of unclassified ascending in between. The flat finish in Bath would indicate a potential bunch sprint but the Tour of Britain is always poised to upset the formbook.

There was one non-start with Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) calling it quits but the rest of the pack set off at a blistering pace, aided by a tailwind, and attacks began as soon as the flag dropped. Several sizeable groups had a go off the front before four men finally made it clear after almost 30 kilometres of racing.

Jack Bauer (Cannondale-Drapac), Amael Moinard (BMC), Erick Rowsell (Madison-Genesis) and Jonny McEvoy (NFTO) slipped up the road with Javier Moreno (Movistar) joining them after a lone chase. The breakaway all committed to their mission and by the 50 kilometre mark, the leaders’ advantage was nudging up towards the three minute mark and it would break five minutes before the peloton began to track them down.

The latter half of the stage saw the wind change direction, leaving the breakaway with a challenging headwind to make their chances of staying away a little harder than they would have liked. The bunch, with a sprint in the offering, had them in their sights and began taking big chunks out of their lead.

Dimension Data were the main presence on the front as they looked to set up Mark Cavendish for his first win of the race while LottoNL-Jumbo were also busy at the head of the peloton for Dylan Groenewegen.

Andre Greipel’s Lotto-Soudal and Elia Viviani’s Team Sky also pitched in and with 10 kilometres remaining, they had dragged the gap back to under a minute. With the peloton on their backs the break that had worked so well together began to fracture and Moinard decided to try and solo to the line. The BMC rider jumped off the front twice to no avail, the rest of the break bringing him back each time.

As the leaders entered Victoria park, the gap back to the peloton was only metres and it looked like it just might be a bunch sprint after all. However, in a reverse of the 2014 Tour de France where he was caught on the line, Bauer held off the pack to take his first victory in two years, letting out a huge roar as he crossed the line in Bath.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac4:45:25
2Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 2 - Cell 2
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 4 - Cell 2
6Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2
8Daniel McLay (GBr) Great BritainRow 7 - Cell 2
9Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 8 - Cell 2
10Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 9 - Cell 2
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 11 - Cell 2
13Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-ChainreactionRow 12 - Cell 2
14Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 15 - Cell 2
17Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 16 - Cell 2
18Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Steven Lampier (GBr) JLT CondorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Russell Downing (GBr) JLT CondorRow 22 - Cell 2
24Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 23 - Cell 2
25Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 24 - Cell 2
26Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 25 - Cell 2
27Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 26 - Cell 2
28Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Great BritainRow 30 - Cell 2
32Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 32 - Cell 2
34Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 34 - Cell 2
36Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:08
38Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTORow 37 - Cell 2
39Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 39 - Cell 2
41Edmund Bradbury (GBr) NFTORow 40 - Cell 2
42Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 41 - Cell 2
43Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 42 - Cell 2
44Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 44 - Cell 2
46Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 45 - Cell 2
47Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 46 - Cell 2
48Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 47 - Cell 2
49Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 49 - Cell 2
51Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT CondorRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great BritainRow 53 - Cell 2
55Mark Stewart (GBr) Great BritainRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:16
57Jacob Scott (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction0:00:23
58Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:25
59Adam Blythe (GBr) Great Britain0:00:28
60Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:29
61Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 60 - Cell 2
62Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:37
63Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:41
64Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 63 - Cell 2
65Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:42
66Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:45
67Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain0:00:48
68Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Taylor Eisenhart (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:52
70Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 73 - Cell 2
75Wouter Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 75 - Cell 2
77Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 76 - Cell 2
78Jochem Hoekstra (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 77 - Cell 2
79Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:56
81Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:01:09
83Mark McNally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:11
84Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:01:24
85Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:29
86Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:01:32
87Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:36
88Emiel Wastyn (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction0:01:39
89Robert Power (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:01:48
90Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO0:02:00
91Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:01
92Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor0:02:03
93Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:02:10
94Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 93 - Cell 2
95Oliver Ket-Spark (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction0:02:18
96Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison Genesis0:02:53
98Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:03:47
99Damien Shaw (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 98 - Cell 2
100Taylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison GenesisRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:04:25
102Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 101 - Cell 2
103Owain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 102 - Cell 2
104Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 103 - Cell 2
105Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTORow 104 - Cell 2
106Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTORow 105 - Cell 2
107Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 106 - Cell 2
108James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:04:28
109Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 108 - Cell 2
110Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:44
112Liam Stones (GBr) NFTO0:06:05
113Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT CondorRow 112 - Cell 2
114Alexandre Blain (Fra) Madison Genesis0:08:24
115Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
116Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) An Post-ChainreactionRow 115 - Cell 2
117Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:16:18
118Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFGraham Briggs (GBr) JLT CondorRow 118 - Cell 2
DNSRamon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 119 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac15pts
2Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Monmouth Road, km. 44.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO3pts
2Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Stroud, km. 129.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis3pts
2Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Pucklechurch, km. 174.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO3pts
2Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Stowe Green, km. 76.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO6pts
2Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Speech House, km. 87.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO6pts
2Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Selsley Hill, km. 132.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO6pts
2Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1Row 5 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Giant - Alpecin14:16:15
2Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 1 - Cell 2
3Cannondale Drapac Team0:00:08
4Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 3 - Cell 2
5Trek - SegafredoRow 4 - Cell 2
6BMC Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7ONEPro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Great BritainRow 7 - Cell 2
9JLT - CondorRow 8 - Cell 2
10Team WigginsRow 9 - Cell 2
11Bardiani CSF0:00:16
12Etixx - Quick Step0:00:41
13Dimension Data0:00:49
14Team Sky0:00:52
15Movistar Team0:00:56
16Orica - BikeExchange0:01:00
17Lotto Soudal0:01:09
18An Post - Chain Reaction0:02:02
20Madison - Genesis0:02:18
21Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:02:25
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