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Marco Frapporti (Colnago-CSF Inox) denied Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) a stage win in his home tour after escaping the clutches of the lead group within the final five kilometres of today’s Tour of Britain stage to Glastonbury.

With Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Saxo Bank) in that lead group of seven, no one wanted to leave it to a sprint finish, but the target on Wiggins’ back meant that he was going to have to come up with something special to ride away on his own.

The British time trial champion was, however, first to try, deciding to hit them with 15km still to go. With his time trialling pedigree well known, he wasn’t given his freedom and was quickly brought back.

Daniel Martin (Garmin), once again at the front of the race all day, was next to try making his move with 10km to go. It was then that Frapporti saw his chance and went with the Irishman.

The move worked, but five kilometres later the pair’s lead was only a handful of seconds. Then, as the Italian pushed on up a false flat, Martin faltered. It was little surprise after yesterday’s efforts, but Frapporti was in no mood to wait.

The Colnago rider – a domestique given his freedom after his team leader Manuel Belletti pulled out – soloed to the line, finishing the stage with a 13 second advantage over Wiggins as the Brit gave his companions the slip and chased alone. On the line it was a further 19 seconds back to Haedo who lead in the fractured group.

The bunch came in a further nine minutes back as HTC-Columbia had a relatively easy day of it today once the initial attacks over Dartmoor had let the break away group form.

The more structured nature of today’s stage wasn’t a bad thing considering they lost Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) to illness today. Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo) was the other rider to climb off during the stage; and strangely did it while in the lead group.

The serious hills of the 2010 Tour of Britain may now be over, but that’s not to say the depleted HTC-Columbia team won’t struggle to hold the race together over the next two days.

They’re now down to four riders, and two of those are sprinters. Lining up behind leader Michael Albasini (HTC-Columbia) is Saxo Bank’s Richie Porte, Vaconsoleil’s Borut Bozic and Johnny Hoogerland, and Sky’s Greg Henderson.

If the wind blows over the next two days, there is still the chance for the yellow jersey to change hands. Thursday’s sixth stage is a relatively flat excursion from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.

Results

Tour of Britain 2010, stage five: Tavistock to Glastonbury, 176km

1. Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox in 4-16-10


2. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky at 13 secs

3. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank at 32 secs

4. Iker Camano (Esp) Endura at same time

5. Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil at same time

6. Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) AN Post-Sean Kelly at 50 secs

7. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Transitions at 51 secs

8. Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 6-36

9. Pim Lighart (Ned) Vacansoleil at 9-18

10. Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen at same time

Overall classification after stage five

1. Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Columbia in 19-53-09

2. Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank at 1-28

3. Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil at 1-32

4. Greg Henderson (NZ) Team Sky at 1-36

5. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil at 1-42

6. Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD-Neri Giambenini at 2-08

7. Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Transitions at 2-30

8. Rob Partridge (GB) Endura at 2-32

9. Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 2-43

10. Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox at 3-36

11. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky at 5-38

Dartmoor, Tour of Britain 2010, stage five



Dartmoor on stage five

Michael Albasini, race leader, Tour of Britain 2010, stage five



Race leader Michael Albasini

Bradley Wiggins in break, Tour of Britain 2010, stage five



Bradley Wiggins heads the escape

Marco Frapporti wins stage, Tour of Britain 2010, stage five



Marco Frapporti wins in Glastonbury

Bunch sprint, Tour of Britain 2010, stage five



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  • derekbiggerstaff

    Alex, Has Wiggins ever won a road race at any level? The pace in that break couldn ‘t have been all that high if Martin could live with it after his epic ride the day before ( when Wiggins had a day off ) yet when Wiggins attacked near the end it looked like a half hearted token gesture.

  • Katie

    I agree with Alex, the only pity is that Sky could not have done this earlier instead of leaving a huge time loss on GC
    Dave Brailsford has admitted that they have got a lot of tactics wrong this year but lets give them time to get sorted out and judge them by 2011 standards.
    The one thing that amuses me is the number of riders, not only Sky riders, who complain of tiredness etc, then you read of the huge number of race days that riders in the sixties and seventies had to do to earn money compared to the Armstrong inspired race programmes.
    I suppose the question is that with power meters, dieticians, number crunching are the riders becoming to soft, think of Kelly, Fignon and Hinault.

  • Alex

    Derek
    I presume from your knowledge of racing you must be a team DS or a pro rider. Perhaps you were in the break yesterda? . As you clearly have a lot of experience, it would be interesting to know how you would have dealt with the situation.

  • derekbiggerstaff

    Wiggins had the nerve to be pleased with himself today. He,s rapidly becoming a national embarrassment. There’s more to winning on the road than just being the strongest, and he seems to have no idea how to go about doing it.

  • TTTT

    Fair result for Wiggo. Pity those guys with a 300 Km transfer on Britain’s tired road network. Any bets there’ll be a mass complaint tomorrow?