Team Barloworld has won its third race of the season. After Robert Hunter won two consecutive races in his native South Africa, the team has now a win in Europe to its credit as well, thanks to Steve Cummings. Cummings won the second stage of the Giro della Provincia di Calabria and took over the race lead, with one day remaining. The tactics were supposed to be centered around sprinter Baden Cooke, but directeur sportif Valerio Tebaldi decided to tell Cummings to take the break, as he knew the Brit would be capable of finishing stronger due to the uphill nature of the finish.
Cummings, in his first win as a professional, could also bank on the help of team-mate Paolo Longo Borghini, who was in the 15-man break as well. Cummings said that “Being given the opportunity to ride for a professional team like Team Barloworld is a privilege – when my team-mates told me to go for the win, I knew it was possible and I owed it to them.”