Steve Cummings (BMC Racing) won the final stage of the 2012 Tour of Beijing on Saturday, out-sprinting fellow escapee Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) to take the win.
Briton Cummings and Canadian Hesjedal had been part of a larger escape group that had splintered on the final categorised climb of the day, the five kilometre ascent of Si Zuo Lou. The duo then maintained a blistering pace on the descent and run-in to the finish in Ping Gu to distance the remnants of the bunch.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) led the chasers home for third to secure the points classification.
German Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) successfully defended the overall win from last year, topping the general classification ahead of Italian Francesco Gavazzi (Astana). Boasson Hagen moved up to third overall.
Irishman Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) clinched the King of the Mountains title, and fourth overall.
After an injury-blighted opening part of the season, Cummings has certainly come good in the past two months having also won a stage of the Vuelta a Espana. His win brings the curtain down on the 2012 UCI WorldTour calendar and it’s a fitting end to what has been British cyclists’ most successful season in the history of the sport.
Tour of Beijing 2012, stage five: Chang Ping to Ping Gu, 182.5km
1. Steve Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing
2. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp at 2 secs
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 17 secs
4. Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at same time
Final overall classification
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
2. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana at 40 secs
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 48 secs
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 50 secs
5. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 52 secs
Steve Cummings takes the final stage win
Tony Martin wins overall