Cummings ready for the Tour

Steve Cummings, Tour de Suisse 2012, stage four

In his "On Tour" book, Bradley Wiggins describes Steve Cummings as his "front guard", calling the Wirral man "his oldest mate in cycling".

The book relates to the 2010 race, in which they completed riding for Team Sky. On Saturday, Cummings will again go into the Tour - only his second ever - working alongside a pre-race favourite. However, the difference is that it's Cadel Evans, and not Wiggins for whom he'll be riding.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.