Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.
NUMBER 18: MIKE CUMING
Tour de Korea winner
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Mike Cuming of Rapha Condor JLT won the Tour de Korea, one of the biggest and toughest stage races on the UCI’s Asia Tour.
The 23-year-old began strongly, getting in an eight-man break on the opening day and taking fourth place on the stage.
His Rapha Condor JLT team put him bang in contention by finishing third in the stage five team time trial, just three seconds behind the South African MTN-Qhubeka squad.
Cuming took the leader’s yellow jersey the following day – the toughest of the race – when he finished tenth, four seconds adrift of the winner Zach Bell, the Canadian.
However, the rigours of a race that covered more than 1,100 kilometres in eight days took its toll on the Rapha team and for the last two days, Cuming had only a couple of team-mates left for support.
Nevertheless, they rode brilliantly to secure the biggest win of Cuming’s career – a result that he can build on in 2014.
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