Georgia 5: Richard England wins

Slipstream's Trent Lowe takes overall lead

Former Australian criterium champion Richard England took out a lightning finish to the fifth stage of the Tour de Georgia, beating his compatriot Rory Sutherland (Health Net) to give his Bissell team an important stage victory. Team High Road's George Hincapie took third ahead of Symmetrics' Andrew Pinfold.

With the final mountain sprint just over two kilometres from the line, it was a race to the top of the hill for anyone who wanted to win the stage. Team Type 1's Moises Aldape took the KOM ahead of Bobby Julich (CSC), Levi Leipheimer (Astana), Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing) and Hincapie, and all five riders finished inside the top ten. However, none of them could stop the Australian sprinters, who powered out of the last turn and then hit the slightly uphill finish neck and neck, with England powering to the win.

The morning's overall leader, Greg Henderson, suffered on the hilly terrain, and lost time. He passed the yellow jersey along to Team Slipstream's Trent Lowe, who was that team's first rider across the line in the stage four team time trial, adding to the Australian representation on the podium ceremonies.

The day's breakaway Tim Johnson (Health Net p/b Maxxis), Cameron Evans (Symmetrics), Edward King (Bissell) and Valery Kobzarenko (Team Type 1) escaped 34 miles into the stage, and stayed clear for nearly 100 miles. The four gained a maximum advantage of 12 minutes before being reeled back in on the slopes of the final KOM. Johnson tried to resist with a late attack, but faded and was passed by Aldape, who took the KOM by two bike lengths. The race for the line was over in a blink of an eye, with the remaining 2.4 kilometres nearly all downhill.

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