Number 11: Steve Cummings beats Alberto Contador
February, Tour of the Algarve

It was early in the season and the big-name riders were just coming out of hibernation.

But even though it was only an early season race in Portugal, Steve Cummings outsprinted Alberto Contador, the Tour, Giro and Vuelta champion, in an uphill finish.

Cummings was in great company on the Alto de Malhao. He approached the finish in a group with Tony Martin, Rein Taarame, Tejay Van Garderen and Contador, having left the likes of Andreas Kloden, Roman Kreuziger and Ryder Hesjedal behind.

This was proper climber’s territory.

And when it came down to the finish, Cummings showed his class, opening a gap over the others to clinch a morale-boosting victory.

He was clearly in great shape and looking forward to a good season. Unfortunately, he was struck down by illness in the spring and missed all of his major objectives for the year, although he did come back strong at the end to play a big part in Mark Cavendish’s world title win.

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  • Phil M Riley

    Not forgetting the second overall in the TOB for the second time.
    I can’t help feeling Steve has been a bit overlooked by Cycling Weekly.

  • Ron Stuart

    I and a ride buddy were there on the Malhao, we had ridden from Silves, fantastic ride back. We saw Bertie winning the year before from Machado and previous year to that saw Tony Colom taking the stage from Bertie.
    The Malhao although not long but does get up to around 13% and is rarely below 10%. It’s a great event and you can get right amongst it at starts and finishes. I regularly ride in the Algarve best place in Europe during the winter months, forget Majorca the Foia is 902m with an 18km climb if you want.