Team Sky’s Wout Poels won Stage Five on the top of Hartside Fell today as the Aviva Tour of Britain started the day in Northumberland.
Today’s route – expected to be one of the toughest – took the riders from Prudhoe in the west of the county out into the Lake District before the gruelling 8.9km climb to the finish.
And while Poels secured the win, MTN-Qhubeka’s Edvald Boasson Hagen came second, which was enough to propel him into the yellow jersey.
One Pro Cycling’s Pete Williams kept hold of the sprint points jersey as he rode most of the day in the breakaway group, which meant he also moved to the top of the King of the Mountains standings, taking the jersey from fellow Briton Tom Stewart.
Tomorrow’s Stage Six takes in the Peak District as the peloton races from Stoke to Nottingham.