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Marcus Burghardt figured in an eight-man breakaway during Friday's stage. (©Rui Quinta.)
Marcus Burghardt figured in an eight-man breakaway during Friday's stage. (©Rui Quinta.)

Algarve, Stage 3: Cummings Fractures Pelvis

17. February 2012

Malhão (Loulé), Portugal

The BMC Racing Team lost Steve Cummings to a broken pelvis Friday on the same mountainous stage he won last year at the Volta ao Algarve.

'Didn't See It Coming'

Not even an hour into the 194.6 kilometer race, Cummings was taken down by another rider who had trouble negotiating a turn. "We were going down a little hill and this guy came from under me and hooked my handlebars," Cummings said. "I didn't even see it coming. You know what they say: what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger." BMC Racing Team Dr. Giovanni Ruffini said the fracture will likely keep Cummings out of action for at least a month. "Consulting with the other team doctors, we think he'll have to be off his bike completely at least two weeks," Ruffini said.

Two Into Top 20
Cummings' mishap on the stage featuring a mountain-top finish where he took the race lead last year spoiled an otherwise solid day for the BMC Racing Team. Marcus Burghardt was part of an eight-man breakaway that enjoyed 125 km of freedom before being caught with 50 km to go. Amaël Moinard (16th, at 1:08) and Tejay van Garderen (17th, 1:12 behind) both climbed into the top 20 overall as Richie Porte (Sky Pro Cycling) won the stage and took the race lead. "At the beginning of the climb, I was a little dropped," Moinard said. "But I kept fighting, thinking I could maybe give Tejay a hand in the finale." Saturday's penultimate stage is a 186.3 km road race, followed by a 25.8 km individual time trial Sunday.