Steve Cummings

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Steve Cummings
2016 Tour of Britain leader best British rider after stage 7 Steve Cummings.JPG
Cummings wearing the race leader's jersey of the 2016 Tour of Britain
Personal information
Full nameStephen Philip Cummings
Born (1981-03-19) 19 March 1981 (age 42)
Clatterbridge, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight75 kg (165 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamRetired
  • Road
  • Track
Rider type
Amateur team
Birkenhead North End CC
Professional teams
2007Discovery Channel
2010–2011Team Sky
2012–2014BMC Racing Team[2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2015, 2016)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2012)

Stage races

La Méditerranéenne (2014)
Tour of Britain (2016)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2017)
National Time Trial Championships (2017)
Medal record

Stephen Philip Cummings (born 19 March 1981[4]) is an English former racing cyclist,[5] who rode professionally between 2005 and 2019 for the Landbouwkrediet–Colnago, Discovery Channel, Barloworld, Team Sky, BMC Racing Team and Team Dimension Data squads.


Cummings won the team pursuit at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He also took bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens Cummings and the Great Britain team won the silver medal in the team pursuit and achieved a time of 3:59.866 in the heats.

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 junior 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.

In February 2021 Cummings announced that he was returning to Team Sky in its current incarnation as Ineos Grenadiers, joining the team's management as a development directeur sportif and coach.[6]

Team Sky (2010–11)[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 Volta ao 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.[2]

Cummings was part of the Great Britain team that helped Mark Cavendish win the men's road race at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships. He then finished 4th overall in the first Tour of Beijing.

BMC Racing Team (2012–15)[edit]

In February 2012, Cummings broke his pelvis in an accident while competing in the Volta ao Algarve.[7] In April, bad luck struck again when he fractured his left wrist in the Tour of the Basque Country.[8] 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.[9] In the 2012 Vuelta a España, 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.[10]

MTN–Qhubeka/Dimension Data (2015–19)[edit]

In October 2014, Cummings announced that he would be joining MTN–Qhubeka for the 2015 season.[11]

Cummings at the 2015 Tour de France

On 18 July 2015, Cummings won stage 14 of the Tour de France, beating French riders Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet in Mende, 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) 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 Mandela Day.[12] On 8 July 2016, Cummings took another breakaway win in the Tour de France, this time on Stage 7, with a winning margin of 65 seconds over Daryl Impey and Daniel Navarro.[13]

In July 2016 he was added to Great Britain's Olympic cycling team for the Summer Olympics, replacing Peter Kennaugh.[14] Cummings took what British journalist William Fotheringham considered to be the most important stage race victory of his career up to that date at the Tour of Britain in September 2016. He finished 2nd on stage 2 in Kendal, Cumbria, gaining a minute over most of his rivals. He subsequently moved into the lead on stage 6 and held this position for the remaining two days.[15]

During the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country Cummings crashed heavily and required surgery. After a long period of recovery he won both the British National Time Trial Championships and the British National Road Race Championships on the Isle of Man, becoming only the second rider to win both titles in the same year after David Millar achieved the same feat in 2007.[16]

In November 2019, Cummings announced his retirement from professional cycling.[17]

Major results[edit]

1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race, National Junior Road Championships
1st Eddie Soens Memorial Race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit, National Track Championships
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Team pursuit, Olympic Games
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit, National Track Championships
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
6th Grand Prix de Villers-Cotterêts
Commonwealth Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
4th Road race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit, National Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Coppa Bernocchi
2nd Overall Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Danmark Rundt
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 3 Giro del Capo
4th Coppa Bernocchi
5th Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
7th Trofeo Laigueglia
4th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
4th Overall Tour of Beijing
7th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 3
9th Overall Tour de Pologne
9th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 5 Tour of Beijing
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2nd Overall Dubai Tour
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
7th Time trial, Commonwealth Games
8th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Trofeo Andratx-Mirador d'Es Colomer
1st Stage 14 Tour de France
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
6th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 7 Criterium du Dauphiné
National Road Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial
1st Stage 1 Giro della Toscana
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 12 Tour de France
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
10th Overall Arctic Race of Norway

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 110 96 55 149
A yellow jersey Tour de France 151 95 86 140 141 129
A red jersey Vuelta a España 156 102 124
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography – CUMMINGS Stephen". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 13 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b Bull, Nick (30 September 2011). "Steve Cummings leaves Sky for BMC Racing". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Dimension Data finalise 2019 roster". Immediate Media Company. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Steve Cummings". British Cycling. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. ^ Farrand, Stephen (26 November 2019). "Steve Cummings: The retirement interview". Future plc. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ Benson, Daniel (8 February 2021). "Steve Cummings signs with Ineos as development director and coach". Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Steve Cummings faces Olympic fitness battle after breaking pelvis". BBC Sport. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  8. ^ Alasdair Fotheringham (31 August 2012). "Cummings puts injuries behind him for biggest career win". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Tour de France 2012, stage 20: race details and standings". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  10. ^ Barry Ryan (31 August 2012). "Cummings solos to victory in Ferrol". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  11. ^ Wynn, Nigel (1 October 2014). "Steve Cummings signs to MTN-Qhubeka". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Cummings celebrates a big day out at the Tour de France". Stephen Farrand 18 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Tour de France 2016: Steve Cummings wins stage seven". BBC Sport. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Rio 2016: Steve Cummings replaces Peter Kennaugh in GB road race team". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  15. ^ William Fotheringham (11 September 2016). "Steve Cummings claims Tour of Britain for biggest win of career". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Steve Cummings: 'That was the worst race I have ever done in my life' - Cycling Weekly". 25 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Steve Cummings: Olympic silver medallist retires from cycling aged 38". 20 November 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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