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by Shane Stokes
October 1, 2014
Steve Cummings has become the latest to bolster the strength of the MTN-Qhubeka team for 2015, with the British rider rider agreeing a move from the BMC Racing Team to the African squad.
The 2014 Tour of the Mediterranean victor and past Vuelta a España stage winner will add horsepower to the team, which has made a number of high profile signings of late and which is pushing hard for a place in the 2015 Tour de France.
Cummings said that he sees his move to the team as being a positive progression for his career, despite the fact that he has been on WorldTour teams Sky and the BMC Racing Team since 2010.
“I feel the opportunities I will have with the team both individually and in support of my team-mates will lead to many successes for us all,” he explained. “I have had some great results in time trials this season, especially winning the TT stage before going on to win the general classification of the Tour of the Mediterranean.
“I hope to improve even more next year and also race for stage and road race wins but in the same instance, assist the team strongly at all times so we all can obtain the best results possible.”
MTN-Qhubeka recently announced the signings of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Matt Goss, Tyler Farrar, Natnael Berhane, Theo Bos, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg and Serge Pauwels, with these additions reflecting the push to step things up next season.
The team also confirmed this week that three of its existing riders would stay on board, namely Adrien Niyonshuti, Johann van Zyl and Songezo Jim.
Cummings said that he was looking forward to getting this underway. “I really can’t wait to be part of this project and meet up with the team. There is a wonderful group of riders that have already enjoyed success and with the new wave of exciting signings, I feel sure I can help add to this,” he said.
“I am also looking forward to riding again with Eddy Boasson Hagen and helping to achieve the results his talent deserves.”
Team Principal Douglas Ryder describes Cummings as a strong all rounder with a lot of power for time trials. “His abilities and experience will benefit the team in the Classics and in the stage races as we look to become one of the most consistent high performing teams in 2015,” he said.
Cummings already has some experience of racing with a team with big South African connections, having competed with Barloworld between 2008 and 2009. He won both a stage plus the King of the Mountains classification in the Giro del Capo during that time.