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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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.