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Steve Cummings, who has broken both his pelvis and his wrist in crashes this year, said he didn't take any risks on the technical descent. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Steve Cummings, who has broken both his pelvis and his wrist in crashes this year, said he didn't take any risks on the technical descent. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Tour de Suisse, Stage 1: Cummings, Bookwalter In Top 20

9. June 2012

Steve Cummings finished 16th and Brent Bookwalter was 17th as the two BMC Racing Team riders – and roommates at the Tour de Suisse – both finished 24 seconds off the winning time in Saturday's opening stage.

'Super High Effort'
In his first race back since a crash took him out of the Amgen Tour of California, Cummings said he took a "no risk strategy" to the 7.3 km time trial that went uphill the first 3.5 km, then plunged down to the finish. "It's like it is in the back of my mind after everything that's happened to me this year," Cummings said. "I just need to race and then I'll forget about it all and get my confidence back." Bookwalter said he tried to gauge the amount of effort to put out in the race that was won by Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan in 9:43. "Out of the blocks, it was basically a five to six-minute effort," Bookwalter said. "If you go out a little too slowly, you lose 10 or 15 seconds the first couple kilometers. If you go out too hard, you lose 10 or 15 seconds in the last kilometer of the climb. So it was all about putting out a super high effort output for five or six minutes."