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Cummings wins at Toscana, Contador blasts past ban: Daily News Digest
Steve Cummings made a point about his exclusion from the British team for the world road race championships with victory on stage one of the Giro della Toscana in Italy on Tuesday. The Team Dimension Data rider went clear with three others approximately 30 kilometres from the end of the stage to Pontedera.
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Together with Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal (Androni Giocattoli), Frederik Backaert (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), the quartet held off those chasing behind. Cummings was strongest in the sprint, beating Bernal, Backaert and Nibali to the line. Nibali’s teammate Sonny Colbrelli won the bunch sprint for fifth, 12 seconds later.
“I wasn’t really feeling super today, having missed so much racing,” said Cummings. “I couldn’t follow on the explosive climb so I just stayed calm, waited and then went full gas after the climb. It turned out to be a good tactic. Towards the end, we were going so fast at the front that there wasn’t an opportunity to split the group so I just waited for the sprint. I let it all out there and I’m just really happy now.”
Early on four riders got clear and built a lead of two and a half minutes. These were Josu Zabala (Caja Rural), Maximilian Kuen (Tirol Cycling Team), Roy Goldstein (Israel Cycling Academy) and Michele Scartezzini (Sangemini-MG. Kvis). Keun and Zabala later pressed on and were joined by Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier-Selle Italia), Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidemec) and Iuri Filosi (Nippo-Vini Fantini). The quintet were caught inside 50 kilometres to go, with the winning move going soon afterwards.
The two-day race concludes Wednesday with a tough 165 kilometre stage ending with a summit finish at Volterra.