Britain’s Steve Cummings (Team Sky) failed to defend his overall lead in the 2011 Tour of the Algarve in Portugal as German Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) won the final time trial and leapt to the top of the table.
Stage three winner Cummings had his hopes of a good final stage ride dashed during yesterday’s racing when he suffered minor injuries as the result of a crash. Cummings rode as hard as he could today, but trailed stage winner and overall victor Martin by just over a minute.
Cummings finished seventh on general classification, by no means a disappointment for the Wirral man.
Tour of the Algarve 2009 and 2010 winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) – making his return to racing after the Spanish Cycling Federation cleared him of doping charges – also failed to make an impression in the final test against the clock. He went into the stage second overall behind Cummings but finished up fourth – any controversy of a ‘comeback’ win was put to one side.