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Video: Inside the sprint – spectacular footage from the Tour of Switzerland

Plenty of shouting, bumping and barging as nervous peloton negotiates difficult run-in to Stage 5 finish

Remember Shimano’s on-bike videos at the Amgen Tour of California that gave an unprecedented view of the action after the UCI authorised a trial? Well, the experiment is being repeated at the Tour of Switzerland, with the cameras this time supplied by InCycle, and the footage is riveting.

Here’s the finish of Stage 5, which had been criticised by riders and team management because of the danger posed by its twists and turns. The peloton is clearly nervous as it approaches the flamme rouge – there is a lot of shouting going on.

You get a brief glimpse of Mark Cavendish in the British national champion’s jersey before he drops back to try and stay out of trouble but instead ended up in a spectacular crash, somersaulting over his handlebars but luckily emerging relatively unscathed.

The stage was won by Lampre-Merida’s Sacha Modolo.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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