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Steve Cummings finished two seconds in front of runner-up Ryder Hesjedal. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Steve Cummings finished two seconds in front of runner-up Ryder Hesjedal. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Steve Cummings Wins Final Stage In China

13. October 2012

BMC Racing Team's Steve Cummings out-sprinted Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) to win the final stage of the Tour of Beijing Saturday and cap a season that saw him fight back from broken bones and several bad crashes.

Holding Off The Chase
Cummings earned his second victory of the year in the BMC Racing Team's final race by first making a 12-man breakaway and then going off alone with Hesjedal, the winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, on the final climb. The two had 30 seconds at the top – 30 kilometers from the finish of the 182.5 km race – before bombing down a treacherous descent and maintaining their lead over a chasing group of 28 riders that ultimately finished 17 seconds behind them. "There's no better way to close the season – especially for Steve," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "He had two fractures and came back. The potential is unlimited in him if he starts believing in himself even more than he does now. Overall, this was a good race for us. We were in the breaks we needed to be and we contested the sprints we could."

'Nice To Win This Way'
Cummings, who also won Stage 13 of the Vuelta a España, said everything fell into place. It began with a hard start to the last day of racing in the five-day event. "That normally means you'll get really strong guys in the breakaway and that's what happened," he said. "I used my strength in the right places today. I thought I would have to make two efforts – both on the two climbs. That way it's even hard for guys riding on the wheels as well as on their own. So it was great that Ryder came across because he's so strong. I knew he'd go 100 percent." Cummings overcame a number of injuries and mishaps this season before his solo victory at the Vuelta. He broke his left wrist at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, broke his pelvis at the Volta ao Algarve, injured his left wrist at the Amgen Tour of California and suffered severe road rash when he crashed at the Tour de France. "It's sure nice to win this way," he said.

Frank In Top 20 Overall
Mathias Frank, in 16th place, was the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in the overall standings as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) captured the overall for the second straight year. Frank was riding at the back of the group that was chasing the leading pair all the way to the line. "The guys I was with were chasing full gas, but those two were riding so strongly," Frank said. "As far as the race overall for me, it was OK. I had a couple good stages and am pretty happy."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Cummings on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.