Report: Team Sky
Published: 31 August 2012
British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme athlete Steve Cummings took the biggest win of his career on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana.
Launching a solo attack from a disintegrating break of seven that formed early in the stage, Cummings made his move with three kilometres remaining, behind Juan Antonio Flecha and Cameron Meyer working furiously to close the gap.
On several occasions, it looked like all three would contest the finish, but Cummings was too strong and in the final kilometre established his strength and was afforded the time to sit up and celebrate.
In the peloton, Chris Froome completed his day safely, with third place still secure on general classification, before another round of mountain stages commence.
1 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 4:05:02
2 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge 0:00:04
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling
4 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge 0:00:14
5 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan
6 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano 0:00:40
8 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge
9 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
General classification after stage 13
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 48:56:17
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:00:13
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:51
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:20
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:59
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:03:29
7 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:22
8 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:05:17
9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:05:18
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:06:01