Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain finished at Hartside on Thursday afternoon in beautiful sunshine. The riders set off on Thursday morning from Prudhoe and reached Hartside around 3.25pm with a nail biting finish. The race organisers were delighted with the estimated 8,000 spectators who lined the Cumbrian stage of the race.

tob-hartside2Team Sky's Wouter Poels passed Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) in the final few hundred metres of the stage to take the win, with Boasson Hagen putting himself into the race lead.The 8km climb up Hartside was the only mountain finish in the whole of the 2015 tour, and the highest finish ever in the history of the tour. Read more about the highlights of Stage 5.

Many cyclists rode across from the North East and many spectators made the climb up Hartside on bike and foot from Melmerby to the top of Hartside to watch the finish and Wrights Coaches operated a shuttle bus service from Alston's Spar up to the top. Cafes and shops enjoyed good trade from the event as Alston was very busy from late morning.

At the summit, a large screen showed live coverage by ITV4 and for those who didn't make it up to Hartside for the finish, there was a screening of the race live on the large screen in Alston Town Hall with children's entertainer Stu-di-do after the race finish, followed at 6.30pm by live music from local musicians.

Edvald Boasson Hagen of MTN Qhubeka became the first rider to win the modern Aviva Tour of Britain twice when he successfully defended his 13 second lead at Stage 8, the final stage of the tour on Sunday, which finished at London's Regent Street. Read more about the final stage.

 

WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF STAGE 5 from PRUDHOE to HARTSIDE

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