'Sometimes it's nice to shake the tree but it didn't work out': Doug Ryder on Steve Cummings's 2018 race programme

Dimension Data boss Doug Ryder says there were times when they had to ask Cummings to step up and accept change this year

Steve Cummings on stage 11 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

An underwhelming season during which Team Dimension Data tried to 'shake the tree' with Steve Cummings's race programme ultimately 'didn't work', but the Brit remains a big brand at the South African registered outfit, according to manager Doug Ryder.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly ahead of the Vuelta a España, Cummings said: “it’s been a s**t year... there's no use sugar coating it."

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.