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.
Simon joined road.cc 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.