Tour of Britain comes to Wales

The Tour of Britain cycle race has graced Wales' roads for the second and last day, with a 177km route from Machynlleth to Caerphilly. Sir Bradley Wiggins retains the overall lead after Stage Five.

Sir Bradley Wiggins retains Tour of Britain overall lead

Sir Bradley Wiggins (yellow jersey) rides in the centre of the peloton as riders pass Caerphilly Castle during Stage Five Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Sir Bradley Wiggins retains the overall lead as the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain graced Wales' roads for the second and final day today.

The 177km route took the riders from Machynlleth and past Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil, before arriving in Caerphilly.

Ian Stannard led Sky team-mate and gold jersey holder Wiggins and, by keeping the group together, successfully helped preserve the four-time Olympic gold medalist's 37-second lead.

But it was Irishman Sam Bennett who won the fifth stage, completing the ride in four hours, 35 minutes and 28 seconds.


An exciting finish as Tour of Britain comes to Wales

Mark Cavendish is in top position after stage four, with a time of 4hrs 45mins 42secs Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Mark Cavendish has won stage four of the Tour of Britain cycling race, with fellow Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins remaining top of the general classification.

Today's route was a punishing 117 miles, starting in Stoke-on-Trent and coming into Wales via Wrexham.

It then crossed the region through Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy, with the finish line at Llanberis.

Sir Bradley Wiggins approaches the top of Pen-y-Pass with the Snowdon Massif in the background Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider Cavendish triumphed in a bunch sprint at the end of a challenging day.

Wiggins, meanwhile, who powered his way to the gold jersey with a dominant performance in the stage three time trial, finished in the peloton to stay in front with four stages to go.

Tour of Britain cycling race hits Wales

Sir Bradley Wiggins signs autographs after the first stage of the Tour Credit: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Tour of Britain cycle race arrives in Wales, with the fourth stage passing through Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy before reaching the finishing line in Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon.

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is in the lead after winning stage three's individual time trial.

He beat fellow Britain and Team Sky team-mate Ian Stannard by 32 seconds around the 16km course in Knowsley, Merseyside.

Organisers are urging members of the public and schools to line the route wherever possible, to make sure competitors receive a warm Welsh welcome.