Cummings seventh overall in Algarve as Martin blitzes TT

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.

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