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Mike Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT) won the Tour of Korea on Sunday, an eight-stage UCI 2.1-ranked race.

British under-23 road race national champion Cuming started the race well, with a fourth place in the opening stage and seventh on the key mountain-top finish on stage three. Rapha Condor JLT then put in a strong ride to place third behind MTN-Qhubeka and Champion System in the team time trial on stage five.

Cuming put himself in the lead group on hilly stage six to work his way into the yellow jersey, and then successfully defended the lead on the final two stages.

Cuming was supported by RCJ team-mates Elliott Porter, Richard Handley, Arron Buggle, Hugh Carthy and Luke Grivell-Mellor.

Voeckler wins Route du Sud

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) continued his return to form ahead of the Tour de France with the overall win in the Route du Sud in France on Sunday.

The Frenchman won the Pyrenean mountain stage three to take the overall lead. Italian Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) was second at four seconds, with John Gadret (Ag2r) in third overall at six seconds. 

Britain's only representative in the race, Alex Dowsett (Movistar), did not finish.

Cavendish misses out in Ster ZLM Toer

After a successful Giro d'Italia campaign that saw him net five stage wins and the points classification, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) came away from the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands empty handed.

The race's start list was something of a who's who of current sprint talent, with defending champion Cavendish, Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), Theo Bos (Blanco), Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) all contesting the bunch finishes.

Bos and Kittel both won a stage each, but a bunch finish on the last stage was denied as escapee Pim Ligthart (Blanco) took the win. Lars Boom completed a very successful race for his Blanco squad by scooping the overall win after taking victory on stage four.

Martens takes Tour of Luxembourg, but loses bike

Blanco's weekend success continued with Paul Martens winning the Skoda Tour of Luxembourg.

The German beat Frenchman Jonathan Hivert (Sojasun) into second place overall, with Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) completing the final podium in third.

Martens' celebrations were dampened slightly as when he left the podium he discovered someone had pinched his bike.

Athertons continue downhill dominance

British brother and sister Gee and Rachel Atherton continued their dominance of the UCI mountain bike downhill World Cup with wins in the elite male and female races in Val di Sole, Italy. 

Both Athertons also won the opening round in Fort William, Scotland, on June 9 putting them both firmly at the top of the World Cup leaderboard.

Sagan moves up to second in WorldTour ranking

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) moved up into second behind Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) in the latest UCI WorldTour ranking, which takes into account results from the Tour de Suisse.

Sagan won two stages of the Swiss tour. Overall victor Rui Costa (Movistar) propelled himself up to tenth in the ranking with his result.

Top-ranked British rider remains Chris Froome (Sky) in fourth spot. The next counting WorldTour event will be the Tour de France (June 29 to July 21).

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.