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Steve Cummings – Winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean 2014


Steve Cummings
Steve Cummings.

My favourite Steve Cummings story is the one where he’s in a Tour of Britain breakaway with Dan Fleeman; ‘the only reason I went through was to get a rest, it was easier out in the wind than it was on his wheel!‘ our Dan told us.

And all that power has finally landed him a stage race win, the Tour of the Mediterranean – he won the stage 3b time trial to go top on GC then hung on to his lead on the nasty slopes of Mont Faron to beat AG2R hard man, Jean-Christophe Peraud to the overall honours.

It was 15 years ago when the big man from Liverpool won the British Junior Road race Championship and five years later when he landed Olympic silver in the team pursuit.

And that was the discipline where he became world champion in 2005 whilst paying his dues with Belgian low budget but big hitting squad, Landbouwkrediet.

He was still in the Flatlands for 2006 the year he became Commonwealth Team Pursuit Champion with a Worlds silver to go with it.

But significantly, from a road point of view it was the year he took runner up spot to Alessandro Ballan in the prestigious Italian semi-classic the Trofeo Laigueglia.

Steve Cummings
Finishing second to Ballan at the Trofeo Laigueglia. Photo©PasqualPorini

Discovery was the name on the jersey for 2007 with a Giro ride and World Cup team pursuit wins on his roll of honour.

Steve Cummings
All smiles riding for Barloworld at the British Champs in Wales. Photo©Martin Williamson

It was South African forklift truck team Barloworld for 2008 and Cummings enjoyed an excellent season; a stage win and second on GC in the Giro Dello Reggio Calabria, second on GC in the Tours of Denmark and Britain and victory in the Italian semi-classic the Coppa Bernocchi.

But 2009 was compromised by having to fly from sunny Cape Town – where he enjoyed a win – to freezing Europe and being given no time to ease the fluids from jet lagged muscles before being fired into a tough race programme.

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Steve in Sky colours at the 2012 Tour de France. Photo©Martin Williamson

David Brailsford’s Sky took him to the Giro and Tour in 2010 and he stayed with them for 2011 to take a stage win in the Tour of the Algarve and runner-up spots in the British Time Trial Championship and national tour.

The following season 2012 saw him in the red and black of BMC and despite some nasty crashes he rode the Tour de France and Vuelta – where he delivered a magnificent stage win.

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Steve looked strong when he attacked in the final 4k of the Vuelta 2012 Stage 13.

Capitalising on that late season form he also took a stage in the Tour of Beijing.

Last season saw him in the Giro in the service of Cadel Evans as well as sharing in BMC’s TTT win in the Tour of Qatar.

Steve Cummings
Vuelta 2012 Stage 20, and nearly at the top of the Bola del Mundo. Photo©Martin Williamson

For season 2014 he’s hit the ground running with second overall in the Dubai Tour the warm up to his great ride in Southern France.

We spoke to him a day or two after his triumph.