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Larry Hickmott's pictorial account of the stage

Andy May's photos from the stage

No Stopping Boason Hagen


Stage 5. Sept 11 (Thu) Hull to Dalby Forest 102.4 miles20080911_ToB_Stage5_031

Boasen Hagen claims the win in some style, his second win in as many stages, defeating a grand tour winner in the process and another Tour of Britain stage winner in Matt Goss.



Edval Boason Hagen made it two wins in two days with another spectacular effort in the closing kilometre of the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain. Part of a five man break which dominated the day's proceedings, the Norwegian once again held off the considerable challenge of Danilo Di Luca to claim another win for the Columbia team, with stage 2 winner Matt Goss coming in second and Di Luca a disconsolate third.


The fifth stage of the 2008 Tour of Britain took riders from Hull, via a short loop over the Humber bridge into North Lincolnshire and then back over the bridge and northwards along the Yorkshire coast. Skirting Flamborough Head, the route turned inland at the holiday resort of Scarborough for a hilly final 30km through the SE corner of the North York Mo0rs, including three categorised climbs, before a finish in Dalby Forest.

The weather was cloudy and wet to start with, but gradually improved throughout the 168km of this, the second longest stage of the race, with sun greeting the riders on the North York Moors.

Early attacks began within sight of the sprint at Barton, after some 10km, with Matt Goss, Baden Cooke, Roger Hammond, Russell Downing and Danilo Di Luca all showing themselves and making it into small breaks which didn't really fully commit and were brought back.

Matt Goss leads across the Humber Bridge

With the second, northward crossing of the Humber bridge imminent Matt Goss went again, his third big dig of the stage, and got clear with Travis Mayer of the South Australia AIS team. Di Luca followed them shortly afterwards and this talented and determined trio were soon working well together.

50mph coming onto the Humber Bridge and Danilo Di Luca leads Meyer with Goss at the rear of the break that dominated the stage. Di Luca showed how much he wanted this stage with his face grimacing with the effort in the early stages of this move.

Approaching the lovely town of Beverley they had a minute over the main field, but a chase by the Columbia team - with Brad Wiggins much in evidence at the front - quickly reduced that to perhaps a dozen seconds. Columbia's intentions became clear when their stage 4 winner Edvald Boason Hagen bridged across to the break along with Rock Racing's Victor Hugo Pena. The chase abruptly stopped and the newly enlarged break began to move clear again.

Wiggins does his turn - helping Boason Hagen get close enough to bridge to the leaders

By the picturesque seaside town of Hornsea, with its famous mere, the gap had sprung up to over 3 minutes. In the next 20km as they rode towards Bridlington the gap widened further and stood at almost 6 minutes as the riders climbed the hill which sits behind the enormous chalk cliffs to the north of Filey.

Table for five please! - the leading group now up to five, with Boason Hagen (left) and Pena (right) on the front at a feed zone

Perhaps it was this climb, or renewed urgency in the main field as the stage entered its last 40km, but the break's lead finally began to fall and was at exactly 4 and half minutes as the riders swept along the seafront in Scarborough. In both the holiday resorts of Scarborough and Bridlington huge crowds were road-side to watch the race pass. Scarborough marked the last sighting of the sea as the race turned abruptly inland and began the rolling run in to Dalby Forest.

Scarborough greeted the race with huge crowds

The main field had cranked things up by this point, but as the break headed over the top of the third of three KOM primes which came in quick succession in a 15km stretch, their lead was still a very healthy 2 minutes.

As they swept through the sprints, it was noticeable that Di Luca, so disappointed at missing out on the stage win the day before, was taking no interest in the points on offer, his mind clearly occupied by the strategy he was formulating to win the stage. Meanwhile, Matt Goss was moving up the Sprints rankings and was set to don the jersey at the end of the stage with points from both the Bridlington and Scarborough primes, though Boason Hagen won both of them.


As the leading five riders headed into the final few kilometres, the main field was bearing down on them very quickly and it was once again touch-and-go to see if they would stay clear.


Di Luca put in a huge attack on the penultimate climb of the day and broke the spirits of Pena and Meyer, but Goss and Boason Hagen kept their cool and came back to him as he went over the top. Behind them the main field was still closing, with Dan Martin, the Irish Champion trying to bridge.

Di Luca went again on the short sharp final climb gaining perhaps 30 yards on his young rivals but it wasn't enough as Boason Hagen and Goss time trialled back to him and, amazingly, Pena also managed to get back to make it four at the front with about 7km to go.

Inside the final 3km the quartet began to look at each other and their work-rate dropped, allowing the main field to get ever closer.

Pena, having looked spent, had a huge dig with 2km to go and surprised his companions and got a good gap, but Boason Hagen is some bike rider and he still had enough left in the tank to reel him in, drop Di Luca and Goss and take the win by some four seconds. Goss came in second with a further three seconds to Di Luca. Victor Hugo Pena was caught on the line by the main bunch.


Matt Goss comes across the line with  a spent Danilo Di Luca trailing in behind


Victor Hugo Pena -right - just holds on for fourth ahead of Julian Dean at the front of the main field


The Agritubel led the chase for much of the last hour or so and their man, Geoffroy  Lequarte continues to lead the race overall, with little change at the top of the General Classification which still sees Steve Cummings second, Gabriele Bosision third and Ian Stannard fourth. Ben Swift remains at the top of the KOM standings and again showed well, coming in 7th on the stage, just behind Jonny Bellis.


Post-stage jersey wearers,form the left, Di Luca, Lequarte, Swift and Goss


Post-Stage Reactions


Speaking after his win, Edvald Boason Hagen said:

"We worked hard all day in the break. Di Luca attacked on the climb and me and Matthew (Goss) worked together to catch him again, but then we didn't really work well.

Then the guy from Rock Racing came and didn't work at all and tried to attack with 2k to go. Di Luca tried to go again and I went contra with 700metres to go.

My teammates helped to get me in the break so I should thank the team and then it was lucky that no one on GC was in the break."

Matt Goss now adds the Green Jersey to the Yellow he wore in 2006, and that was come consolation for the CSC - Saxo Bank rider.

"I sort of hoped to get to the finish in a breakaway today and it happened, which was good. It's always nice to have a jersey. There's still a few more days left, so hopefully we can get up the road and contest a few sprints and hold onto the jersey.

It was very hard early on to get away. Everyone worked well together, we all rode evenly. It was only in the last few kilometres when it split up and that was always going to happen."

Friday sees The Tour of Britain visit the North East for the first time, for Stage Six of the race from Darlington to Newcastle Gateshead, where the leg will finish alongside the River Tyne by the Baltic Gallery.


More exclusive photos from Larry Hickmott

British Cycling has one of only two photographers in the race and thanks to motor cycle pilot John Greatorex, we can bring you exclusive pictures of how the race unfolded.


South Australia all relaxed at the start with manager Brian Stephens. Last year it was Neil Stephens looking after them and this year, elder brother Brian. The family has a third cyclist in Mark Stephens from Canberra (Australia).


Ian Stannard does his home work before the stage of the stage with the help of the race manual.


School children who have taken the time to make up there own banners of support for the teams, this one for Great Britain


Max Sciandri and Steve Cummings share a joke before the start. Max is Steve's mentor and some one who Steve credits with helping him to the level he is at now.


Yet another large crowd turned up at the start to give the race a big send off.


All relaxed in the neutralised section which on all stages are around 6 miles.


The attacks begin and they have yet to reach the Humber bridge.


A group goes clear including Julian Dean.


The riders playing attacking games across the bridge with a strong wind blowing across it.


Roger Hammond gets in the break. Word is that he and one other was asked to drop back as they were a danger on the GC....


Di Luca and Roger have words as Russell Downing crosses to the break.


Dean Downing gets himself in a move as well


Banner says it all!


The break starting to gain ground on the bunch


Di Luca and Meyer both giving everything to get a gap and make the break stick. Goss meanwhile is hiding the effort well.


Travis Meyer -- at the 2006 Junior Worlds where Olympic Gold medallist Jason Kenny won three titles, so did this young man in the endurance races.


Di Luca gives Meyer a helping hand


Out of no-where, suddenly Hagen came out of the shadows in Beverley to join the trio and looks back to see where Pena is who is also bridging to the break.


Through Beverley, the break is cheered on by a big crowd.


When I went back to the bunch shortly after Beverley, Columbia were back in the wheels and no chase had been organised. Within a few minutes though, the Agritubel team were driving it hard (below).  


It may look easy but speaking to some of the riders, this has been the hardest Tour of Britain so far with the field lined out for most of the stages so far.


Pena gets a bottle from the Rock racing team car.


Pena tucks in after the feed zone. Right -- Travis Meyer gets the Combativity award.


Dinner time... its not called the feed zone for nothing!


Winner on the podium in front of a big crowd at the finish


The riders leave Hull



Riders race through Bridlington


A mixtured of tandems and old penny farthings got the race going

Stage Results   
1 Boason Hagen, Edval Team Columbia 3h46'23"
2 Goss, Matthew Team CSC - Saxo Bank @04"
3 Di Luca, Danilo LPR Brakes - Ballan @07"
4 Pena, Victor Hugo Rock Racing @11"
5 Dean, Julian Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
6 Bellis, Jonathan Team CSC - Saxo Bank @ s/t
7 Swift, Ben Great Britain @ s/t
8 Hammond, Roger Team Columbia @ s/t
9 Bosisio, Gabriele LPR Brakes - Ballan @ s/t
10 Downing, Russell Pinarello RT - Candi TV @ s/t
11 Meyer, Travis - AIS @ s/t
12 Petacchi, Alessandro LPR Brakes - Ballan @ s/t
13 Feillu, Romain Agritubel @ s/t
14 Goddaert, Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen @ s/t
15 De Schrooder, Benny An Post M.Donnelly @ s/t
16 House, Kristian Rapha - Condor - @ s/t
17 Lequarte, Geoffroy Agritubel @ s/t
18 Downing, Dean Rapha - Condor - @ s/t
19 Marque Porto, Alejandro Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @ s/t
20 Martin, Daniel Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
21 Veuchelen, Frederik Topsport Vlaanderen @ s/t
22 Cummings, Steve Barloworld @ s/t
23 Walker, Johnnie - AIS @ s/t
24 Pauwels, Serge Topsport Vlaanderen @ s/t
25 Elliott, Malcolm Pinarello RT - Candi TV @ s/t
26 George, David MTN Energade @ s/t
27 Caethoven, Steven Agritubel @ s/t
28 Fleeman, Daniel An Post M.Donnelly @ s/t
29 Vandewalle, Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen @ s/t
30 Sorensen, Chris Team CSC - Saxo Bank @ s/t
31 Woolcock, Waylon MTN Energade @ s/t
32 Sutton, Chris Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
33 Lloyd, Daniel An Post M.Donnelly @ s/t
34 Evans, Kevin MTN Energade @ s/t
35 Sabido, Hugo Barloworld @ s/t
36 Berges, Emilien Agritubel @ s/t
37 Stannard, Ian Great Britain @ s/t
38 Southam, Tom Great Britain @ s/t
39 Richardson, Simon Plowman Craven RT @ s/t
40 Clarke, Simon - AIS @ s/t
41 Reynes, Vicente Team Columbia @ s/t
42 Spezialetti, Alessandro LPR Brakes - Ballan @ s/t
43 Botero, Santiago Rock Racing @ s/t
44 Caccia, Diego Barloworld @ s/t
45 Kirchen, Kim Team Columbia @ s/t
46 Vanspeybrouck, Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen @ s/t
47 Partridge, Rob Rapha - Condor - @54"
48 Davis, Lee Pinarello RT - Candi TV @ s/t
49 Murray, Tom Pinarello RT - Candi TV @58"
50 Oliphant, Evan Plowman Craven RT @11"
51 Blanco Rodriguez, David Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @02'07"
52 Tennant, Andrew Great Britain @04'54"
53 Rodriguez, Fred Rock Racing @05'07"
54 O'Grady, Stuart Team CSC - Saxo Bank @ s/t
55 Sneeboer, Paul Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @ s/t
56 Lowe, Trent Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
57 Gallagher, Stephen An Post M.Donnelly @ s/t
58 Williams, Peter Pinarello RT - Candi TV @ s/t
59 McEvoy, Jonathan Great Britain @ s/t
60 MacDonald, Neil MTN Energade @11'14"
61 Impey, Daryl Barloworld @ s/t
62 Van Heerden, Juan MTN Energade @ s/t
63 Swift-Metcalfe, Tomas Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @ s/t
64 Barras, Tom Plowman Craven RT @ s/t
65 Sulzberger, Wesley - AIS @ s/t
66 McGee, Bradley Team CSC - Saxo Bank @ s/t
67 Wiggins, Bradley Team Columbia @ s/t
68 Henderson, Greg Team Columbia @ s/t
69 Lund, Anders Team CSC - Saxo Bank @ s/t
70 Millar, David Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
71 Meyer, Cameron - AIS @ s/t
72 Hamilton, Tyler Rock Racing @11'45"
73 Sevilla, Oscar Rock Racing @ s/t
74 Hunter, Robbie Barloworld @ s/t
75 Hayles, Rob Great Britain @ s/t
76 Backstedt, Magnus Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
77 Gaywood, Simon Plowman Craven RT @ s/t
78 Millard, James Plowman Craven RT @ s/t
79 Dempster, Zakkari - AIS @ s/t
80 Thomson, Jay MTN Energade @ s/t
81 Bichot, Freddy Agritubel @ s/t
82 Vogondy, Nicolas Agritubel @ s/t
83 Lisabeth, Kenny An Post M.Donnelly @ s/t
84 Barbe, Koen Topsport Vlaanderen @ s/t
85 Thomas, Geraint Barloworld @ s/t
86 Appleby, Dale Rapha - Condor - @ s/t
87 Newton, Chris Rapha - Condor - @ s/t
88 Roche, Andrew Pinarello RT - Candi TV @ s/t
89 Cucinotta, Claudio LPR Brakes - Ballan @11'49"
90 Ermeti, Giairo LPR Brakes - Ballan @ s/t


General Classification   
1 Lequarte, Geoffroy Agritubel 17h29'40"
2 Cummings, Steve Barloworld @06"
3 Bosisio, Gabriele LPR Brakes - Ballan @10"
4 Stannard, Ian Great Britain @11"
5 Fleeman, Daniel An Post M.Donnelly @13"
6 De Schrooder, Benny An Post M.Donnelly @14"
7 Martin, Daniel Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
8 Veuchelen, Frederik Topsport Vlaanderen @23"
9 Berges, Emilien Agritubel @35"
10 Downing, Russell Pinarello RT - Candi TV @01'24"
11 Hammond, Roger Team Columbia @01'40"
12 House, Kristian Rapha - Condor - @01'44"
13 Marque Porto, Alejandro Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @01'47"
14 Bellis, Jonathan Team CSC - Saxo Bank @01'49"
15 George, David MTN Energade @ s/t
16 Richardson, Simon Plowman Craven RT @01'59"
17 Sutton, Chris Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
18 Southam, Tom Great Britain @02'16"
19 Vandewalle, Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen @02'43"
20 Sabido, Hugo Barloworld @02'55"
21 Evans, Kevin MTN Energade @03'26"
22 Boasson Hagen, Edval Team Columbia @11'56"
23 Goss, Matthew Team CSC - Saxo Bank @12'15"
24 Di Luca, Danilo LPR Brakes - Ballan @12'16"
25 Dean, Julian Garmin - Chipotle @12'32"
26 Goddaert, Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen @12'38"
27 Ermeti, Giairo LPR Brakes - Ballan @12'41"
28 Lloyd, Daniel An Post M.Donnelly @12'43"
29 Petacchi, Alessandro LPR Brakes - Ballan @12'45"
30 Elliott, Malcolm Pinarello RT - Candi TV @12'46"
31 Reynes, Vicente Team Columbia @ s/t
32 Sorensen, Chris Team CSC - Saxo Bank @ s/t
33 Swift, Ben Great Britain @12'51"
34 Oliphant, Evan Plowman Craven RT @13'08"
35 Walker, Johnnie - AIS @13'12"
36 Pauwels, Serge Topsport Vlaanderen @13'22"
37 Woolcock, Waylon MTN Energade @13'23"
38 Kirchen, Kim Team Columbia @13'42"
39 Clarke, Simon - AIS @ s/t
40 Botero, Santiago Rock Racing @ s/t
41 Partridge, Rob Rapha - Condor - @13'51"
42 Meyer, Travis - AIS @14'14"
43 Blanco Rodriguez, David Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @14'42"
44 Caccia, Diego Barloworld @14'59"
45 Vanspeybrouck, Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen @15'01"
46 Spezialetti, Alessandro LPR Brakes - Ballan @15'02"
47 Bichot, Freddy Agritubel @15'38"
48 Feillu, Romain Agritubel @16'20"
49 Caethoven, Steven Agritubel @17'00"
50 Murray, Tom Pinarello RT - Candi TV @17'11"
51 Tennant, Andrew Great Britain @17'29"
52 McEvoy, Jonathan Great Britain @17'42"
53 Gallagher, Stephen An Post M.Donnelly @17'51"
54 Rodriguez, Fred Rock Racing @18'32"
55 O'Grady, Stuart Team CSC - Saxo Bank @19'02"
56 Lowe, Trent Garmin - Chipotle @ s/t
57 Williams, Peter Pinarello RT - Candi TV @19'34"
58 Davis, Lee Pinarello RT - Candi TV @19'55"
59 Sneeboer, Paul Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @22'39"
60 Van Heerden, Juan MTN Energade @24'11"
61 Sevilla, Oscar Rock Racing @24'17"
62 Dempster, Zakkari - AIS @24'42"
63 Impey, Daryl Barloworld @24'53"
64 Henderson, Greg Team Columbia @24'55"
65 Hamilton, Tyler Rock Racing @24'57"
66 MacDonald, Neil MTN Energade @24'59"
67 Hayles, Rob Great Britain @25'08"
68 Millar, David Garmin - Chipotle @25'09"
69 Backstedt, Magnus Garmin - Chipotle @25'12"
70 Lisabeth, Kenny An Post M.Donnelly @25'16"
71 Appleby, Dale Rapha - Condor - @ s/t
72 McGee, Bradley Team CSC - Saxo Bank @25'19"
73 Meyer, Cameron - AIS @ s/t
74 Vogondy, Nicolas Agritubel @25'21"
75 Sulzberger, Wesley - AIS @25'24"
76 Hunter, Robbie Barloworld @25'30"
77 Newton, Chris Rapha - Condor - @ s/t
78 Wiggins, Bradley Team Columbia @26'05"
79 Millard, James Plowman Craven RT @26'10"
80 Thomas, Geraint Barloworld @26'23"
81 Pena, Victor Hugo Rock Racing @26'34"
82 Cucinotta, Claudio LPR Brakes - Ballan @26'38"
83 Thomson, Jay MTN Energade @27'19"
84 Barras, Tom Plowman Craven RT @27'27"
85 Lund, Anders Team CSC - Saxo Bank @27'33"
86 Swift-Metcalfe, Tomas Palmeiras Resort - Tavira @27'43"
87 Downing, Dean Rapha - Condor - @27'50"
88 Barbe, Koen Topsport Vlaanderen @28'34"
89 Gaywood, Simon Plowman Craven RT @40'59"
90 Roche, Andrew Pinarello RT - Candi TV @43'07"


Points Competition   
1 Goss,M CSC 39
2 Hammond,R THR 39
3 Dean,J TSL 37
4 Goddaert,K TSV 31
5 Boasson Hagen,E THR 30
6 Petacchi,A LPR 29
7 Di Luca,D LPR 26
8 Downing,D RCR 26
9 Lequarte,G AGR 21
10 Bellis,J CSC 21

Sprints Competition   
1 Di Luca,D LPR 17
2 Ermeti,G LPR 15
3 Boasson Hagen,E THR 13
4 Lund,A CSC 10
5 Impey,D BAR 10
6 Goss,M CSC 9
7 Sutton,C TSL 9
8 Lequarte,G AGR 8
9 Downing,R POT 8
10 Swift,B GBR 7

EON King of the Mountains   
1 Swift,B GBR 29
2 House,K RCR 19
3 Di Luca,D LPR 19
4 Cummings,S BAR 15
5 Lequarte,G AGR 14
6 Boasson Hagen,E THR 11
7 Pauwels,S TSV 11
8 Sabido,H BAR 10
9 Stannard,I GBR 9
10 Fleeman,D SKT 8

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