Steve Cummings capped off a brilliant year for British cycling by taking the final stage of the Tour of Beijing yesterday, but German Tony Martin reclaimed the title that he won last year.
Cummings, who races for the BMC Racing Team, claimed victory on day five of cycling’s last tour of the season by outsprinting Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) in the final run-in.
The 31-year-old suffered an injury-plagued start to a season which has seen compatriot Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France and Britain dominate in cycling at the London 2012 Olympics.
However, he had the strength to hold off a powerful challenge from Canadian racer Hesjedal. The pair finished 17 seconds in front of third placed Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Norwegian Boasson Hagen’s finish helped him seal third place in the overall standings in Beijing, behind Italian Francesco Gavazzi and champion Martin.
Martin cemented his victory on the second day of racing on Wednesday, when he finished a huge 46 seconds in front after making a breathtaking dash for the finishing line.
He has led on the overall standings throughout the remainder of the tour to reclaim the title he won last year — China’s first World Tour calendar event.