Steve Cummings 2007

Britain's Stephen Cummings faces time off his bike after breaking his elbow. The break occured with he fell during the Eindhoven team time trial on June 24

On good form after finishing the Tour of Italy, Cummings was one of only five out of nine Discovery riders that made it to the final stages of the ProTour time trial, but came off when Lithuanian Tomas Vaitkus fell off in front of him.

?It was on the last corner, Vaitkus came off and I hit him from behind,? Cummings said. ?It was a normal 90 degree corner, but it was wet and there might have been something on the road, some diesel or something. It was a big crash, I was quite lucky.?

Several of the teams crashed on the same corner, the last one on the course, but for Discovery it almost certainly cost them victory, ?We were flying in the last section,? Cummings said. ?We were two seconds off Tinkoff on the last check, but the conditions had changed and we were going a lot quicker.?

Cummings has been trying to train on his turbo, but his damaged elbow was unable to support his weight. He was due to ride the Tour of Austria, starting this coming Sunday (July 8), but will now change his program, ?[the team] told me to take my time. I?m supposed to be doing the Tour of Germany, so it?s quite a while until the next race so I?ve got a bit of time to have an enforced break and then start building back up.?

?I?ll probably just be watching the Tour on the Telly, I?d like to have gone but hopefully I?ll be back in training by then.?

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel