Steve Cummings

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Steve Cummings
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Cummings at the 2008 Tour of Britain
Personal information
Full name Stephen Philip Cummings
Nickname Steve-o
Born (1981-03-19) 19 March 1981 (age 34)
Clatterbridge, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team MTN-Qhubeka
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Rouleur
Amateur team(s)
Birkenhead North End CC
Professional team(s)
2005–2006 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
2007 Discovery Channel
2008–2009 Barloworld
2010–2011 Team Sky
2012–2014 BMC Racing Team
2015– MTN-Qhubeka
Major wins

Road

Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2015)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2012)
Stage races
Tour Méditerranéen (2014)
Track
UCI Track World Championships
Team Pursuit (2005)
Commonwealth Games
Team Pursuit (2006)
Infobox last updated on
1 January 2015

[1][1]

Stephen Philip "Steve" Cummings (born 19 March 1981[2]) is an English racing cyclist for UCI Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka.[3]

Biography[edit]

Cummings won the team pursuit at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He also took bronze in the individual pursuit. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens Cummings and the Great Britain team achieved a time of 3–59.

In 1999, riding for Birkenhead North End CC as a junior, aged 17, Cummings won the Eddie Soens Memorial Road Race, a handicap race open to all categories. It remains the only time in 46 years that a junior has won. He went on to take the British National Road Race Championships that year.

In 2006 he rode for Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and came second in the Trofeo Laigueglia to Alessandro Ballan of Lampre-Fondital. In 2007 he switched to Discovery Channel before moving to Barloworld in 2008.

His first professional win was in 2008, stage 2 of the Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria.

Team Sky[edit]

Cummings at the 2010 Giro d'Italia

Cummings joined new British-based Team Sky for the 2010 season.

In 2011, racing with Sky, he had arguably his most successful professional race to date at the Tour of Algarve. He won stage three in a mountain-top finish ahead of Alberto Contador, taking the overall lead of the race which he held until the final time-trial; he finished the tour in seventh place.

In September, Cummings finished second overall in the Tour of Britain. Later that month he announced he would join BMC Racing Team for the 2012 season.[3]

Cummings was part of the Great Britain team that helped Mark Cavendish win the 2011 UCI World Road Race Championship. He then finished 4th overall in the first Tour of Beijing.

BMC Racing Team[edit]

In February 2012, Cummings broke his pelvis in an accident while competing in the Tour of the Algarve.[4] In April, bad luck struck again when he fractured his left wrist in the Tour of the Basque Country.[5] He recuperated from those injuries and competed in the Tour de France, where he was a domestique to his leader Cadel Evans and finished 95th overall.[6] In the 2012 Vuelta a Espana, he gained his first Grand Tour victory. On Stage 13, he broke away with six other riders after the first hour of racing. The break made it through on the mainly flat course and he attacked with about 4 km (2.5 mi) to race, creating a gap. He held on to his lead and won by four seconds over the two chasers, Cameron Meyer of Orica-GreenEDGE and Team Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha.[7]

MTN-Qhubeka[edit]

In October 2014, Cummings announced that he would be joining MTN-Qhubeka for the 2015 season.[8]

On 18 July 2015, Cummings won stage 14 of the 2015 Tour de France, beating French riders Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet in Mende, 1.5km after the Côte de la Croix Neuve category 2 climb. It was the first Tour de France stage win for both Cummings and his African team MTN-Qhubeka, fittingly coming on Nelson Mandela Day.[9]

Palmares[edit]

1999
1st Eddie Soens Memorial Road Race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Junior National Road Race Championships
2001
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team Pursuit National Track Championships
2004
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team Pursuit, Olympic Games
2005
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team Pursuit Track World Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team Pursuit National Track Championships
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2006
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team Pursuit 2006 Commonwealth Games
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team Pursuit National Track Championships
2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
2008
2nd Overall Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Stage 2
1st Coppa Bernocchi
2nd Overall Tour of Denmark
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
11th Time trial 2008 Summer Olympics
2009
1st Day 3 Giro del Capo
4th Coppa Bernocchi
5th Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
7th Trofeo Laigueglia
2010
4th GP Cycliste la Marseillaise
2011
7th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 3
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
4th Overall Tour of Beijing
9th Overall Tour de Pologne
9th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2012
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 5 Tour of Beijing
2013
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Qatar
2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2nd Overall Dubai Tour
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes[10]
8th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
2015
1st Trofeo Andratx-Mirador d'Es Colomer
1st Stage 14 Tour de France
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
6th Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe[11]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro 110 96 - 55 - - 149 - -
Yellow jersey Tour - - - 151 - 95 - - IP
red jersey Vuelta - - - - - 156 - -

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography – CUMMINGS Stephen". Beijing Olympics official website. 
  2. ^ "Steve Cummings". British Cycling. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Bull, Nick (30 September 2011). "Steve Cummings leaves Sky for BMC Racing". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Limited). Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Steve Cummings faces Olympic fitness battle after breaking pelvis". BBC Sport. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Alasdair Fotheringham (31 August 2012). "Cummings puts injuries behind him for biggest career win". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tour de France 2012, stage 20: race details and standings". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012). 22 July 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Barry Ryan (31 August 2012). "Cummings solos to victory in Ferrol". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Wynn, Nigel (1 October 2014). "Steve Cummings signs to MTN-Qhubeka". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cummings celebrates a big day out at the Tour de France". Stephen Farrand Cyclingnews.com. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Chavanel wins Tour du Poitou-Charentes". cyclingnews.com. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Quénet, Jean-François (10 April 2015). "Navardauskas wins Circuit Sarthe overall". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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