Stage 4 – results – West Midlands
1. Frederik Willems Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 2h54’12”
2. Mark Cavendish T-Mobile @ 02″
3. Paul Manning Landbouwkrediet-Colnago @ 06″
4. Juan Manuel Garate QuickStep-Innergetic @ 13″
5. Geraint Thomas Great Britain @ 15″
6. Cameron Jennings DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed @ 19″
7. Rob Partridge Recycling.co.uk @ 28″
8. Johan Van Summeren Davitamon Lotto @ 31″
9. Francesco Chicchi QuickStep-Innergetic @ 05’20”
10. Kenny Lisabeth Chocolade Jacques-Topsport @ s/t
General Classification – After stage 4
1. Martin Pedersen CSC 15h25’56”
2. Luis Pasamontes Unibet.com @ 51″
3. Filippo Pozzato QuickStep-Innergetic @ 02’11”
4. Michael Rogers T-Mobile @ 02’46”
5. Nick Nuyens QuickStep-Innergetic @ 02’47”
6. Johann Tschopp Phonak iShares @ 02’55”
7. Andy Schleck CSC @ 03’02”
8. Russell Downing DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed @ 03’21”
9. Iljo Keisse Chocolade Jacques-Topsport @ 03’23”
10. Maarten Tjallingii Skil-Shimano @ 03’25”
Stage 5: Rochester to Canterbury Saturday 2nd September
The Tour of Britain heads to the Garden of England for its penultimate stage, paving the way for the 2007 Tour de France which will also visit the region.
The day’s racing starts in the grounds of historic Rochester Castle, with riders setting off at 10:30am. This is sure to be a popular spectator spot and surrounding roads will be closed, so do get there early. Riders will be preparing for the day’s 155km race and it will be a good time to get some photographs of the competitors.
The neutralised section of this stage will be about 10.9kms long, and the race will begin properly at about 10:50am at the Medway Gate sign before the race passes over the M2 between junctions two and three. The race will wind its way towards Burham before crossing the M20 between junctions four and five.
The race will then pick up the A228 and head towards Paddock Wood where the riders will begin the stage’s first King of the Mountains section at around 11:35am. Get here early in order to get the best view of the race as the competitors outclimb each other in a bid to claim the polka dot jersey.
The second King of the Mountains section of the Kent stage will start at Goudhurst from about 11:50am. The Green Cross Inn marks the start of the climb and the section will end at the Star and Eagle – either pub will be a great place to watch the race from if you get there early.
The first sprint of the day will pass the White Lion pub in Tenterden from about 12:20pm, so try and grab a seat and spot the yellow jersey as he flies past on his way to Hamstreet and Ruckinge.
Watch the riders grab a much-needed drink on the go outside the Airport Café in Newingreen as they pass through at about 1:00pm. After riding through Hythe, riders will start climbing past the Sene Valley Golf Club in the third King of the Mountains section of the day. Watch out for the leader coming through at about 1:05pm.
Dover hosts the second sprint of the day. Riders will speed through the main street from about 1:40pm before heading to Densole where they will again complete a sprint section from about 2:00pm.
Heading up the Roman Road towards Canterbury, riders will arrive in the historic destination of pilgrims from about 2:35pm.