It was no surprise to see Stephen Cummings at the front of the Tirreno-Adriatico peloton on a stage 4 that looked to suit his Dimension Data teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen, but the 34-year-old Briton turned plenty of heads when he launched a late attack of his own. Riding in his first race of the 2016 season, Cummings jumped clear of the pack inside the final 10 kilometers of the day and held out to the line to take the victory Saturday.
“I was actually trying to set up the finale for Edvald Boasson Hagen to win the stage,” Cummings said. “He was our best chance. But as I was working for him, a gap was formed with only three kilometers to go. Normally I can do three kilometers alone so I went full gas and it worked out well.”
Sky’s Salvatore Puccio led a small group of chasers over the line to take second place, 13 seconds down on Cummings, while Natnael Berhane came in third just behind Puccio to give Dimension Data another top finisher on the day.
Race leader Zdenek Stybar finished 10th in stage 4 to maintain control of the general classification.
Tirreno-Adriatico continues Sunday with a climber-friendly stage 5, 176 kilometers from Foligno to Monte San Vicino.