A visit from Steve Cummings
Steve Cummings, winner of stages 14 and 15 of the 2015 Tour de France called in to say hello and view the current Skoda model range.
In 1999, riding for Birkenhead North End CC as a junior aged 17, Steve 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.
After joining the new British-based Team Sky for the 2010 season in 2011 he had 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, Steve finished second overall in the Tour of Britain. Later that month he announced he would join BMC Racing Team for the 2012 season.
As 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.
In February 2012, Steve broke his pelvis in an accident while competing in the Tour of the Algarve. In April, bad luck struck again when he fractured his left wrist in the Tour of the Basque Country. 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. 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.
In October 2014, he announced that he would be joining MTN-Qhubeka for the 2015 season and on 18 July 2015 won stage 14 of the 2015 Tour de France, beating French riders Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet in Mende, 1.5 km after the Côte de la Croix Neuvecategory 2 climb. It was the first Tour de France stage win for both Steve and his African team MTN-Qhubeka, fittingly coming on Nelson Mandela Day.
As the 2016 season approaches we all wish him well and look forward to hearing of his progress this year.