Tirreno-Adriatico stage 4: Cummings solos to victory in Foligno

Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) went from team player to stage winner after a strong ride into Foligno on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico. Cummings attacked his escape group inside the final three kilometres and soloed to the line to take victory ahead of Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) and his teammate Natnael Berhane.

“We were trying to do a stage for Edvald Boasson Hagen, we thought that he was the best chance for today. He’s in super form, so I was there as the policeman but it came to 3km and normally I can do 3km alone. I tried to do that strategy. I don’t know if that was ok but it seemed to work out,” Cummings said before collecting his prize for stage winner.

“I was pretty confident and pretty aero on the bike. Everybody else had been pulling and I hadn’t been pulling. It was good having Edvald behind because it meant that I didn’t have to do any work. It was a great team performance and I was just lucky at the end.”

After chasing down several attacks in the final 20 kilometres to keep his teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen in contention, Cummings found himself in the race-winning move. It had been instigated by Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) at the foot of the final climb, and the Dimension Data rider quickly joined along with Puccio. With his teammate still behind, Cummings was able to sit on the bunch, refusing to budge despite insistence from Puccio.

The pace was high in the bunch and it took time for them to build any sort of advantage. Before they were too far up the road, three more riders joined them, and they were Berhane, Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) and Daniel Moreno (Movistar). As Puccio did most of the work, Cummings laid in wait for the perfect moment.

A strong time triallist, Cummings knew that he could hold a quick pace over the three kilometres remaining. The 34-year-old was able to take advantage of the indecision behind, with nobody willing to step forward and bring him back. Cummings continued to build his advantage and would eventually cross the line 13 seconds ahead of the chasers, plenty of time to enjoy his celebration.

Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) finished in the main group and kept hold of his race lead ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing).

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How it happened

There was a lot of tension at the start of the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with wind and rain predicted out on course. For the second stage running, Stybar would begin the day in the leader’s blue jersey, and Etixx-QuickStep would be drafted in to do most of the work on the front of the peloton.

At 222km, it would be the longest stage of the race and four riders made their escape early on. The fantastic four were Ricardo Vilela (Caja Rural), Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18) and Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani CSF) and they quickly built a lead of over five minutes. With a headwind to contend with, the peloton took it easy in the opening half of the stage, riding about 20 minutes behind the slowest predicted schedule.

The action didn’t pick up until the first climb of the day was in sight when Etixx-QuickStep and Tony Martin took huge chunks out of the lead. By the time they reached the finishing circuits and the first ascent of the Montefalco, it had dropped to below two minutes. Sensing the danger, Conti was the first of the escapees to break rank, charging away with three kilometres to the top of the Montefalco. Bongiorno was the only rider who could stick with him initially, but he too fell by the wayside.

Conti was left to forge on alone, taking the mountains points at the top. Behind him, several teams pitched in with help, including Andrey Amador of Movistar and Fabian Cancellara for Trek-Segafredo. The high pace saw most of the sprinters dropped pretty quickly, as the group dwindled drastically. Cancellara put on a monster turn on the run-into the final climb, which would eventually end Conti’s hopes close to the point he made his bid for freedom.

After Cancellara pulled off, the damage already done, the small, select group still contained the likes Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Boasson Hagen. Puccio brought the peloton over the top of the final climb before Montaguti launched his first of many attacks on the descent. In what would become a familiar sight, Puccio found his move shut down by Cummings.

There was little or no control in the bunch and attacks began flying from all quarters, Sagan even had one of his own, but that was deemed too dangerous. The key move was finally made with just five kilometres remaining, initiated by Montaguti and was eventually followed by Puccio and Cummings. The group swelled to six when Berhane, Bakelants and Moreno made it over.

Puccio ended up doing most of the work, with a little help from Montaguti. He expressed his frustrations with Cummings, who said thanks but no thanks, thinking about his teammate Boasson Hagen behind. However, the peloton didn’t come back to them, and Cummings decided to go it alone, knowing that he wouldn’t have the speed in a sprint. His move proved to be the right one, and he rode to the finish on his own.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data6:04:49
2Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:00:13
3Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
4Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
5Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
6Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:00:25
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
9Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
11Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
12Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
14Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
15Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
16Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
17Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
18Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
19Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
20Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling
21José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
22Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-GreenEdge
23Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step
24Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling
25Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
26Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
27Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
28Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
29Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
30Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
31Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
32Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
33Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
34Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
35Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
36Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
37Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
38Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
39Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
40Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
41Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
42Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
43Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
44Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
45Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
46Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:16
47Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:05
48Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
49Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
50Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
51Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
52Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin
53Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
54Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
55Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
56Rigoberto Urán (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling
57Víctor de la Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
58Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
59Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
60Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
61Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
62Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
63Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
64Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
65Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
66Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
67Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team
68Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:33
69Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
70Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
71Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
72Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lotto Soudal
73Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
74Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
75Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
76Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
77Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data
78Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
79Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
80Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
81Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ
82Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
83Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
84Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
85Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
86Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:15
87Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-Segafredo
88Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
89Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
90Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling
91Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
92Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
93Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team
94Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha
95Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
96Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
97Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
98Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
99Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
100Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha
101Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
102Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
103Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
104Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
105Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
106Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
107Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team
108Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
109Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
110Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
111Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
112Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
113Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
114Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
115Tom Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
116Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
117Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:20
118Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:10:11
119Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:10:27
120Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
121Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:11:34
122Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida
123Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
124Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
125Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
126Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
127Davide Viganò (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
128Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team
129Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida
130Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale
131Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge
132Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling0:11:45
133Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
134Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
135Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
136William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
137Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
138Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
139Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
140Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
141Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
142Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
143Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
144Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
145Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
146Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
147Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
148Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
149Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
150Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
151Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
152Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
153Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
154Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
155Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
156Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
157Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
158Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
159Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge
160Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
161Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
162Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
163Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
164Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
165Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
166Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team
167Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
168Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff Team0:19:55
169Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
170Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:19:57
171Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling
172Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
173Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
174Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
175Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
176Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
177Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:20:44
178Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
179Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:21:04
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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KOM - Valico della Somma - 130.7km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 1818pts
2Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida3
3Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
4Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1
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KOM - Montefalco - 164.3km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida5pts
2Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 1818
3Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
4Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1
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KOM - Trevi - 192.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team5pts
2Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team3
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team2
4Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team1
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KOM - Montefalco - 207.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult