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The Tour of Britain hits Devon on Stage 5
Another exciting day comes to a close with Austrian Matthias Brandle of IAM taking the stage win in the centre of Exeter earlier this afternoon. He was part of a small breakaway group, which consisted of just four riders who got away from the main group very early in the stage and maintained the gap for the rest of the day, no mean feat on this 110.3 mile stage around Devon. He called it the biggest win of his career so far in an interview given after the race has finished.
Brandle made his bid for the win on the final climb of the day, as they travelled up Stoke Hill, and achieved it with a gap of eight seconds from the other members of the group. The other three riders who featured in this illustrious little group were New Zealander Archbold, Belgium's Wynants with Germany's Andreas Stauff.
This win meant that for the first time during the Tour the race leader retained the yellow jersey, so Michal Kwiatkowski from Poland gets to wear it again tomorrow on stage 6, which takes the tour on a 127.9 mile journey from Bath to Hemel Hempstead.
Team Sky’s Ben Swift was Britain’s top finisher in fifth, but Sir Bradley Wiggins has conceded that his chances of retaining his title in this race are all but over, but never say never say I.
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