Cyclist Ivan Basso
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Thousands watch Tour of Britain

Thousands of people have watched stage five of the Tour of Britain cycling road race as it passed through Stoke-on-Trent.

Italian Ivan Basso, in the green, made a bid for victory over 70 miles (112km) from the finish in the city centre.

He said he had faced a tough challenge from Team Sky, including Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

The stage was eventually won by Dutchman Marc de Maar, despite a crash six miles (10km) from the finish line.