Steve Cummings takes lead in Tour of the Mediterranean

Steve Cummings wins time trial in the Tour of the Mediterranean to move into race lead

Steve Cummings on his way to winning the Stage 3B time trial of the 2014 Tour Méditerranéen
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Steve Cummings (BMC Racing) took the lead in the 2014 Tour of the Mediterranean on Saturday after taking victory in the time trial stage 3b.

Cummings now sits in the lead in the UCI 2.1-ranked race four seconds ahead of Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) and 10 seconds ahead of third-placed Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling).

The Wirral man clocked 24 minutes and 27 seconds over the 18.2-kilometre final test against the clock.

Prior to the time trial the race had been utterly dominated by Giant-Shimano sprinter John Degenkolb, who swept to victory on the opening three stages.

The race concludes on Sunday with a final road stage from Bandol to Toulon over 192.7km.

Tour of the Mediterranean 2014 classification after stage 3b
1. Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing in 11-33-55

2. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing at 4 secs

3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling at 10 secs

4. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r at 15 secs

5. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement at 34 secs

6. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant-Shimano at 35 secs

7. Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing at 37 secs

8. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing at 43 secs

9. Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ at 44 secs

10. Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 46 secs

Steve Cummings on the podium after winning the Stage 3B time trial of the 2014 Tour Méditerranéen

Steve Cummings on the podium after winning the Stage 3B time trial of the 2014 Tour Méditerranéen
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

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