Britain?s Steve Cummings (Barloworld) finished 63rd in the mountain time trial, venting his anger on the steep climb after a frustrating day in the Dolomites on Sunday.

Cummings is riding well and will comfortably make it Milan but is angry about dozens of other riders hanging onto team cars and accepting pushes on the climbs.

?It was really bad on the mountain stage in the Dolomites on Sunday,? Cummings told Cycling Weekly.

?On one big climb 30 or 40 guys were well behind on the mountain, we could see them down the road, but they caught us because they were hanging onto team cars and getting massive pushes.?

?They probably wouldn?t have made the time cut if they?d ridden without help and should have been thrown out of the race.?

?It cracks you when people cheat like that. And it?s frustrating because those same guys will probably chase me down or try and go in a break with me on stages 17 to Locarno and stage 18 to Varese. It really pisses me off.?

After Barloworld lost team leader Mauricio Soler with an injured wrist, Cummings and team mate Geraint Thomas will have a free hand to get in breaks in the rest of the Giro.

They will try to recover as much as possible during Tuesday?s rest day before going on the attack on the two flat stages on Wednesday and Thursday.

?I?m going to have a go and see what I can do,? he said.

?I?m feeling pretty good. I?ve got a bit of a cold but I?ll be fine.?

?I?m happy with my ride in the time trial and I?m happy with my form. I started hard to make sure I got to the first checkpoint in less than 23 minutes. I was worried someone would do a time of 38 minutes and so that would have made for a short time limit.?

?The best time was only 40 minutes and so you can see that everyone is tired. The Giro has been tough because there have been too many hard stages one after the other.?


Stage 16: Pellizotti wins mountain time trial

Stage 15: Sella strikes again in the mountains

Stage 14: Sella wins first Giro mountains stage

Stage 13: Easy victory for super-fast Cavendish

Stage 12: Bennati gets photo finish verdict over Cavendish

Stage 11: Bertolini wins hilly stage

Stage 10: Bruseghin wins Giro d'Italia time trial

Stage nine: Cavendish misses out in sprint

Stage eight: Ricco wins again

Stage seven: Di Luca, Ricco and Contador gain time on rivals

Stage six: Italians clean upStage five: Millar denied by snapped chain

Stage four: Cavendish wins

Stage three: Bennati romps home

Stage two: Ricco wins Giro d'Italia second stage

Stage one TTT: Slipstream wins Giro team time trial


Six Brits finish mountain time trial [stage 16]

Cavendish disappointed after missing out in Giro sprint

Can Cavendish win the Giro today? [stage 12]

Aggressive Cummings comes away empty handed [stage six]

Millar speaks out after missing out in Giro [stage five]

Reaction to Cavendish's Giro stage win

Cav hits back at Pozzato's snipe

Cavendish: This is my biggest win [stage four]

Millar celebrates Slipstream Giro d'Italia success

Bettini looking for final Giro glory

Astana's troubled build-up to the Giro

Petacchi banned for Salbutamol positive

Yates and Astana make last minute rush to Giro


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