News – Stephen Cummings wins final stage at Dauphine


The Wirral’s Stephen Cummings won the final stage of the Critèrium du Dauphiné after a long solo effort well ahead of the GC battle

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News – Stephen Cummings wins final stage at Dauphine

Stage 7 of the 2016 Critèrium du Dauphiné was another tough one with six categorised climbs on the menu and it proved perfect for the Wirral’s Steve Cummings who delivered a stunning stage win.

The 151km long stage from Le Pont-de-Claix to Superdévoluy saw an early break of 20 riders Including Cummings whilst back in the peloton were all the GC contenders who never let them get to far off the front.

With roughly 70km to go, Cummings attacked the break and took off alone. While his move split the the former break behind him, the former Olympic medallist who has won several Grand Tour stages, opened up a gap of over 2 minutes on the chasers. With 30km and two climbs to go the peloton was another two minutes back. Inside the final 15km the peloton, lead by Etixx-QuickStep, picked up the pace and reeled the chasers back in.

However, Cummings was able to defend his lead and crossed the line in Superdévoluy 3.58 ahead of Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Roman Bardet (Ag2R).

The 35-year-old from the Wirral in England, said of the win “It’s getting harder and harder to win, but I felt I had to try to force something. I wasn’t thinking about winning; I was just thinking about training for the Tour de France. This was the day that I picked out before the race, so it’s really good and I’m really happy because this is my third WorldTour stage race win this year.”





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