Stephen Cummings has been on a tear this season, and the 35-year-old’s renaissance continued Tuesday with the announcement that he will race the Rio Olympics road race.
The Dimension Data rider collected his second career Tour win in stage 7, to match his stage victories in three prestigious one-week races so far this season: Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico, and Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
Cummings credits his first Tour stage win in 2015 for a confidence boost that has changed his approach to racing. “Then, when I understood what it was that I did, I wanted to do it again. It also gave me the confidence to believe in myself.”
After Pete Kennaugh announced he will not race the Rio Games, Cummings was added to the roster. Riding with Chris Froome, Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas, and Ian Stannard, Cummings may be more of a domestique, but if he has a chance to attack alone, it’s likely he’ll be a threat in Rio.