Jack Bauer denies the sprinters in Tour of Britain stage 5

Breakaway rider Jack Bauer narrowly held off the peloton in a thrilling finish to win stage five of the Tour of Britain as Belgium’s Julien Vermote retained the overall lead.

Three members of the day’s five-man breakaway avoided being caught by just a handful of metres and Bauer (Cannondale-Drapac) profited by sprinting to victory ahead of Amael Moinard (BMC Racing) in second place and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) in third.

All of the contenders for overall victory followed in the peloton, meaning Vermote (Etixx – Quick-Step) remains six seconds ahead of second-placed Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) and 1min 3sec in front of third-placed Ben Swift (Team Sky) in the general classification.

Bauer said: “I didn’t think the break would go to the line today, and I also didn’t plan on being in the break, but that’s the way it played out. I had good legs out there and I used them to the best of my ability, and luckily had a little bit more than the other three or four guys with me at the line.

“It means a hell of a lot. A year ago I was in a hospital bed with a broken leg. This signals my comeback to the top of the sport. It is a big turning point for me.”

Tour of Britain 2016 – stage 5 results (Aberdare – Bath):

1 Jack Bauer (Cannondale-Drapac)


2 Amaël Moinard (BMC)


3 Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis)


4 Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange)


5 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


6 Boy Van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo)


7 Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal)


8 Daniel Mclay (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)


9 Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF)


10 José Gonçalves (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)



General classification after stage 5:

1 Julien Vermote (Etixx – Quick-Step)


2 Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)


3 Ben Swift (Sky)


4 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)


5 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)


6 Xandro Meurisse (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)


7 Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac)


8 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


9 Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)


10 Nicolas Roche (Sky)