Tour of Britain 2019 Route stage 5: Birkenhead - Birkenhead

Tour of Britain stage 5Wednesday 11 September - At 174 kilometres, the 5th stage of the Tour of Britain is an out and-back race in Birkenhead. The riders race two southern loops - one big, one small - before Flaybrick Hill should pep up the finale.

Flaybrick Hill is positioned near the finish line, so the climb is perfect to launch a late attack. Possibly, the teams with a puncher in their ranks will want to control the race.

The race starts and finishes in Birkenhead Park. The riders pass through Port Sunlight and Wirral to continue to Chester and tackle the first KOM climb near Kelsall Hill after almost 80 kilometres. The route crosses Farndon Bridge to enter Wales and then return to Wirral via Heswall, Caldy and Hoylake, before passing through the Birkenhead Park finish line with 30 kilometres. The riders get a taste of Flaybrick Hill just before the first passage.

The final loop moves through Seacombe, Wallasey and New Brighton before Flaybrick Hill re-appears at kilometre 170. It is a short ascent, but as it crested inside the last 4 kilometres it could turn out to be a decisive factor.

The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 117.2, at kilometre 130.1, and at kilometre 144) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

The 5th stage of the Tour of Britain starts at 11.15 and the race is expected to finish around 15.25 – both are local times (BST).

Tour of Britain 2019 stage 5: route, profiles, more

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