Team Sky confident in Cummings ahead of Besseges' hillier stages

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Steve Cummings will be Team Sky's ace in the coming days of the Etoile de Besseges stage race. Following a quiet first stage in the French race, Team director Marcus Ljungqvist singled out Cummings based on his recent fourth place in the GP Marseillaise.

"The team is looking towards Friday and Saturday, when the days will be a little bit harder - small climbs, up and down," said Ljungqvist after yesterday's stage one. "Steve is showing great form and the whole team is looking good."

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