Tour of Britain stage 5 time trial in Clacton

Sean McKenna starts his time trial. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sean McKenna starts his time trial. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Some of the world’s top cyclists will do battle on the streets of Clacton today in a bid to win stage 5 of the Tour of Britain – and our team is covering it live.

Here’s everything you need to know about the stage

Today’s stage is a time trial, meaning the 114 riders (providing none have retired overnight) are racing against the clock to set the fastest time round the 10-mile course, rather than each other.

The first rider – usually whoever is placed last overall in the Tour – will set off at midday, with riders then setting off at regular intervals. The last is due to finish at around 2.30pm.

Jan Tratnik crossing the finish line. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jan Tratnik crossing the finish line. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Team Sky’s Elia Viviani is in the overall lead, meaning the green jersey-wearer will be last down the start ramp, but with Orica-Scott’s Caleb Ewan on the same time and third-placed Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step) and Dimension Data’s Edvald Boasson Hagen just six and seven seconds behind respectively, the overall leader could well change.

Time trial specialists, such as Essex’s own Alex Dowsett and Germany’s Tony Martin, will be looking to take a stage win.

On the flat course, much could come down to any coastal winds along the seafront section of the route – which may vary during today’s racing.

Mark Cavendish at the start of his time trial in the Clacton stage of the 2017 Tour of Britain. P

Mark Cavendish at the start of his time trial in the Clacton stage of the 2017 Tour of Britain. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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