Report: Steve Cummings wins TT & takes lead in Tour of the Med

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John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano) makes it three from three whilst Stephen Cummings (BMC) wins the Time Trial and now leads overall

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Stage 4 TT - Steve Cummings wins TT & takes lead in Tour of the Med

2012_Cummings_Win_ChampagneWhilst the Wirral’s Stephen Cummings could never be described as being shy and retiring, he is the quiet man of the British pro peloton, working hard for teammates and then occasionally taking his chances and hitting the headlines winning races.

In the recent Tour of Dubai, he was second overall after being beaten by Taylor Phinney in the time trial and holding on to his second place on GC to the end.

In the Tour of Med, the tables were turned on his teammate with ‘Stevo’ winning and taking over the leader’s jersey whilst Phinney just finished outside the top 10 saying afterwards it was a bit hilly for him.

Stevo beat neo pro Riccardo Zoidl (Trek) by four seconds with a strong time trial rider in the form of multi French champion Sylvain Chavanel in third.

“It was a good time trial for me. A little technical but we looked at it last week so I knew the course well.”

“I like these kind of climbs that are not too steep.  The team has been strong and stayed together and I have really enjoyed it so far. We will try and defend the lead but first of all I will enjoy today!”

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Stevo flat out whilst looking at the course before the Tour of Med started. Photo: @taylorphinney  (twitter)

Stage 3
Whether the stage is long or short, Giant/Shimano rider John Degenkolb carried on winning in the Tour Méditerranéen on Saturday. The first of two stages today saw the Giant Shimano rider win a short and fast 63km race from Lambesc to Saint Rémy de Provence where he outsprinted Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani) to the line. Ian Wilkinson in the new Raleigh colours was 16th.

After the stage John said: “Once again I have to thank my teammates for today. They have controlled the race for three days now and are still riding super strong. Starting a season like this is a great way to thank everyone who supports us, the fans, sponsors, staff. Hopefully the wins will keep coming.”

RESULT STAGE 3
1 DEGENKOLB John Team Giant-Shimano 01:18:48
2 HUSHOVD Thor BMC Racing Team
3 COLBRELLI Sonny Bardiani – CSF
4 PINEAU Jérome IAM Cycling
5 FELLINE Fabio Trek Factory Racing

16 WILKINSON Ian Team Raleigh
25 BOULO Matthieu Team Raleigh
39 CUMMINGS Stephen BMC Racing Team
115 CHRISTIAN Mark Team Raleigh
119 BARKER Yanto Team Raleigh
129 KNEISKY Morgan Team Raleigh 01:39
136 OLIPHANT Evan Team Raleigh 02:33
149 PHINNEY Taylor BMC Racing Team 06:12
154 ATKINS George Team Raleigh 7.08
DNF: Joe Perrett

 

STAGE 4 TIME TRIAL

1 CUMMINGS Stephen BMC Racing Team 24:27
2 ZOIDL Riccardo Trek Factory Racing @ 0:04
3 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM Cycling @ 0:10
4 PERAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R La Mondiale @ 0:15
5 SEP̼LVEDA Eduardo Bretagne РS̩ch̩ Environnement @ 0:34
6 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Team Giant-Shimano @ 0:35
7 JUNGELS Bob Trek Factory Racing @ 0:37
8 HERMANS Ben BMC Racing Team @ 0:43
9 ROY Jérémy FDJ.fr @ 0:44
10 DEGAND Thomas Wanty – Groupe Gobert @ 0:46

12 PHINNEY Taylor BMC Racing Team @ 0:50
14 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon Caja Rural – Seguros RGA @ 0:53
41 DEGENKOLB John Team Giant-Shimano @ 1:28
69 FERNANDEZ Ruben Caja Rural – Seguros RGA @ 1:50
90 PREMONT Christophe Wallonie – Bruxelles
91 BOULO Matthieu Team Raleigh @ 2:07
118 CHRISTIAN Mark Team Raleigh @ 2:42
121 VOECKLER Thomas Team Europcar
138 BARKER Yanto Team Raleigh @ 3:12
145 HOOGERLAND Johnny Androni Giocattoli @ 3:24
146 WILKINSON Ian Team Raleigh @ 3:39
148 HUSHOVD Thor BMC Racing Team @ 3:53
149 ATKINS George Team Raleigh @ 3:58
150 KNEISKY Morgan Team Raleigh @ 3:59
151 OLIPHANT Evan Team Raleigh @ 4:12

 

 

 


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