Giro della Toscana: Cummings wins opening stage

Dimension Data rider wins from late break with Nibali, Bernal, and Backaert

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) won the opening stage of the 2017 Giro della Toscana, escaping the peloton alongside Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec), and Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) in the final 25 kilometres before winning the four-up sprint.

Bernal crossed the line second, having followed Cummings down the left-hand side of the finishing straight, while Backaert took third place with Nibali on his wheel on the right-hand side.

Nibali's teammate Sonny Colbrelli led home the peloton for fifth place half a minute later.

For Cummings, there was vindication, perhaps, for turning down one of Great Britain's two time trial places at the recent World Championships in order to focus on the autumn racing in Italy. The Giro della Toscana, something of a home race for Cummings given he has lived in the Tuscany region for nearly a decade, offered two days of racing, though it was thought he might have to wait until the second day and its summit finish to try for a victory.

The opening stage in Pontedera - based on three laps of a 54km circuit and three laps of a 7.7km finishing circuit - was undulating but predicted to culminate in a bunch sprint, with Dimension Data bringing Mark Cavendish and Ryan Gibbons. 

An early breakaway duly formed, featuring Roy Goldstein (Israel Cycling Academy), Josu Zabala (Caja Rural), Maximilian Kuen (Tirol Cycling Team) and Michele Scartezzini (Sangemini-MG. Kvis), and they opened up a lead of 2:30 at the half-way point, though it would never increase thereafter. 

Goldstein was the first to be dropped, followed by Scartezzini, though a three-man counter attack from Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidemec), Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier-Selle Italia) and Iuri Filosi (Nippo-Vini Fantini) meant there were five out front with just under 50km to go. 

They were caught shortly before the start of the finishing laps, and Backaert wasted no time in attacking, with Cummings, Nibali and Bernal responding swiftly. They took 20 seconds onto the finishing laps and while the peloton split into two behind, they increased that to 43 seconds by the next crossing of the finish line. 

UAE Team Emirates and Gazprom-Rusvelo were prominent in the chase, but they failed to eat into the gap as the quartet took the bell. With around half a minute going into the final few kilometres, they had to keep working together all the way to the finishing straight, whereupon Cummings delivered the telling kick. 

The race continues and concludes on Wednesday with a more hilly 165km stage that features a double ascent to Volterra in the finale. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data4:21:39 
2Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
3Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
5Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:12 
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
7Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
8Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
9Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
10Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
11Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
12Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
13Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
14Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
15Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
16Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
17Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
18Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
20Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
21Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
23Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
24Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
25Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
27Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
28Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
29Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
30Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
32Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates  
33Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34Federico Canuti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
35Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
36Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
37Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
38Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
39Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
40Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
41Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
43Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:21 
44Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
45Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
46Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
47Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
48Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
49Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
50Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
51Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
52Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:27 
53Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
54Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:00 
55Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
56Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
57Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
58Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
59Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
60Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
61José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
62Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
63Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina  
64Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
65Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
66Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
67Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
68Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy  
69Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
70Dan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy  
71Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
72Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
73Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
74Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
75Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
76Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
77Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
78Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
79Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
80Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
81Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
82Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
83Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
84Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
85Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
86Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
87Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:15 
88Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:06:40 
89Markus Wildauer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
90Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates  
91Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
92Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
93Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
94Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
95Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
96Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
97Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
98Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
99Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
100Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
101Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
102Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
103Marino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
104Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
105Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
106Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data  
107Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
108Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
109Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
110Angelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:10:54 
111Angelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:11:50 
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFPietro Di Genova (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFMarcello Merlino (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFFrancesco Petrini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNSNicolas Samparisi (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data4:21:39 
2Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
3Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
5Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:12 
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
7Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
8Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
9Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
10Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
11Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
12Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
13Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
14Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
15Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
16Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
17Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
18Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
20Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
21Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
23Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
24Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
25Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
27Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
28Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
29Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
30Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
32Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates  
33Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34Federico Canuti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
35Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
36Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
37Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
38Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
39Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
40Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
41Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
43Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:21 
44Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
45Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
46Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
47Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
48Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
49Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
50Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
51Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
52Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:27 
53Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
54Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:00 
55Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
56Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
57Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
58Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
59Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
60Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
61José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
62Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
63Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina  
64Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
65Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
66Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
67Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
68Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy  
69Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
70Dan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy  
71Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
72Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
73Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
74Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
75Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
76Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
77Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
78Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
79Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
80Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
81Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
82Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
83Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
84Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
85Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
86Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
87Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:15 
88Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:06:40 
89Markus Wildauer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
90Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates  
91Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
92Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
93Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
94Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
95Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
96Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
97Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
98Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
99Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
100Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
101Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
102Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
103Marino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
104Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
105Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
106Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data  
107Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
108Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
109Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
110Angelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:10:54 
111Angelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:11:50 

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