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Stephen Cummings (seen here at Liège-Bastogne-Liège) broke a bone in his left elbow in a crash Wednesday at the Baloise Belgium Tour. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Stephen Cummings (seen here at Liège-Bastogne-Liège) broke a bone in his left elbow in a crash Wednesday at the Baloise Belgium Tour. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Cummings Breaks Elbow In Crash At Baloise Tour

28. May 2014

Stephen Cummings of the BMC Racing Team broke his elbow Wednesday when he crashed with about 20 kilometers to go in the opening stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour.

Front Wheel Hit A Hole
Cummings was riding at the back of the peloton and in the process of discarding an Elite PowerBar bottle when he suddenly lost control and tumbled onto the pavement. BMC Racing Team Doctor Dario Spinelli said X-rays confirmed a small fracture in Cummings's left elbow. The winner of the Tour Méditerranéen and runner-up at the Dubai Tour also has a contusion to his left hip, Spinelli said. Cummings said a hole in the road was to blame for the crash. "As I threw the bottle, my front wheel hit a hole and threw me off balance and then I just fell. It was a bit weird," he said. "I am disappointed. I was looking forward to this race and other races, so I am really disappointed."

Gilbert On The Attack
Minutes before Cummings's crash, teammate Philippe Gilbert had bridged to a three-man breakaway that had led by three-and-a-half minutes. "It was a nervous and fast race and on the local lap it was dangerous," Gilbert said. "I wanted to anticipate with my attack and asked Thor Hushovd, as he is our sprinter. But Lotto brought us back to the peloton. This attack would not make it to the finish, but the ambition was to gain some seconds." Cummings was not the only BMC Racing Team rider to go down in the 173.6-km race. Silvan Dillier was involved in a pile-up with seven kilometers left, but was not seriously hurt. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win ahead of German national road champion André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Theo Bos (Belkin Pro Cycling Team).

Listen to comments from Cummings and Sporting Manager Allan Peiper on the BMC Racing Team's Audio Line.

See photos from the race on the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.