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MTN-Qhubeka’s Steve Cummings takes the second race of the Challenge Mallorca, beating Alejandro Valverde on the final climb Stephen Cummings got his career as an MTN-Qhubeka rider off to the perfect start when the Brit won his first race in his new Castelli colors, the Trofeo Andratx which was the second race of the Challenge Mallorca race series. “I’m really happy with today’s victory,” Cummings said. “I knew I had done a lot of good work over the winter so I’d like to thank the team for the amazing work they did and chance they gave me to focus on today’s race.” Cummings’ teammate Johann van Zyl spent over 145 kilometers in the day’s main breakaway. The escape started out with 10 riders, but on the lower slopes of the first-category Puig Major climb, the 23-year-old South African, along with José Goncalves (Caja-Rural) and Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin), rode clear from the rest of break. With 38 kilometers to go, van Zyl tried a brief solo attack but was soon caught by Goncalves and van Baarle. With three kilometers to go, the MTN-Qhubeka rider went again. He was eventually the last rider caught, at 1.5km to go. Soon after, Cummings attacked ...

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This season all but over, the Tour of Beijing is the last UCI World Tour event of the year, after that the Japan Cup and a few other low key events will see the saxon finally out. All in all it’s that time if year where the professionals are a hanging up their wheels for a bit if off season recovery. For the fans the winter can drag by with no race news or events to gorge on. But for a pro cyclist  who may finish the season in October then start again in mid Jan at the Tour Down Under or one of the other early season races it’s just a small window of time to see family and live outside the cycling bubble. For us fans of the sport it’s a case if finding our kicks elsewhere in the cycling world, whether that be getting involved in cyclocross racing or spending the same amount of time cleaning your rain/snow covered bike that you’d spent watching a race on TV is just two ways that as a avid cyclist may pass the winter months. The other perfect way of getting your off season kicks is to delve in to the ...

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