Today's Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain saw crosswinds and some toug uncategorised climbs as well as some well-timed attacks blow the race apart, with winner Marc de Maar of United Healthcare attacking off a select group of fewer than 30 riders to take the stage win. Tomorrow looks even tougher as the race heads into Wales with the tail end of the stage seeing the riders tackle Caerphilly Mountain twice before the finish in front of the town's historic castle, as previewed in the latest video from IG-Sigma-Sport's Daniel Lloyd. The selection will have been made well before that, however, with plenty of climbing on the way from the stage start in Welshpool. The IG Markets race leader's golden jersey has changed hands each day so far - tomorrow doesn't look like it's going to buck that trend.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.