Steve Cummings has become the first British rider to announce his departure from Team Sky, today confirming that he will move to BMC for 2012.

The Wirral man, who finished second in this month’s Tour of Britain, will team up with Cadel Evans, Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert at the Swiss squad.

He will also be reunited with Max Sciandri, BMC’s Assistant Racing Director, who worked with Cummings during his time at British Cycling.

Speaking about the move, Cummings told the team’s website: “Their entire program really has the whole package.

“They’ve just won the Tour de France, and the riders they’ve signed have the chance to win almost any race.”

He added: “I want to work as hard as possible for the team and make the most of any opportunities that come my way. If I can do that, then I’m happy.”

Cummings and goings
The Brit joined Team Sky for their debut season in 2010, having previously ridden for Landbouwkrediet (2005-2006), Discovery Channel (2007) and Barloworld (2008-2009).

Having completed last year’s Tour de France alongside good friend Bradley Wiggins, Cummings missed a large part of this year after being diagnosed with pneumonia in April.

He was overlooked for the Vuelta a Espana squad, and only secured a last-minute inclusion into the team’s Tour of Britain roster after Pete Kennaugh withdraw from the line up. A strong time trial on the race’s final day meant he secured second place on GC.

Steve Cummings chases, Elite men

Cummings driving in Copenhagen

Last Sunday he was part of the Great Britain team which helped Mark Cavendish win the World Road Race title.

Cummings is the fourth rider to leave Sky after Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge), Greg Henderson (Lotto-Ridley) and Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

Earlier this week, BMC also confirmed the signing of Adam Blythe from Omega Pharma-Lotto.

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  • Mark Jones

    I agree that this is a really good move for Steve and it’s good to see riders leaving Sky for bigger and better things. He was by far the strongest Sky rider in the TOB and has been rewarded to a move to what looks to be the best team for next year.

  • Gaz M

    I think this is a great move for Steve, i have followed ‘The Boy’ since the Eddie Soans win and he has the potential to go to the top of the tree now with an all round team like BMC, and the performance in Copenhagen was ‘Fantastico’ and wish him all the best for the coming season. GIVE IT TO THEM BOY!

  • Baz

    Agree totally with matspeed – the more our riders are spread among different teams the greater the chance of them winning something. If Cav goes to Sky there’ll be fewer chances for riders like Ben Swift to win as he’ll be part of the ‘train’ in major events. Anyway, we should know in a few hours time!

  • Ken Evans

    He did a brilliant performance in Copenhagen,
    which is amazing considering how ill he was a few months ago.

    I wish him well at BMC.

  • matspeed

    This is a good move….if all the British riders are in the same team I think motivation and new ideas will stagnate. Cummings was superior in the ToB for Sky, a shame he was looking over his shoulder for the underperforming Geraint Thomas, otherwise he may have gone one better. With the recent and imminent signings for Sky there may be too many egos to feed, better to jump ship and make a name for yourself by getting results.