Martin defends Beijing title

2012-10-13 12:57

Beijing - Steve Cummings capped off a brilliant year for British cycling by taking the final stage of the Tour of Beijing on Saturday, 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.

But 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.

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep racer took silver in the men's individual time trial at the Olympics this year.

Saturday's race started at Changping Stadium, which is north of the city centre, and finished 182.5km later at Pinggu, in Beijing's eastern suburbs.

Results from the fifth stage of the Tour of Beijing on Saturday:

1. Steven Cummings (GMB/BMC Racing) 4:05:08"
2. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/Garmin-Sharp) at 2 secs
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/Team Sky) at 17 secs
4. Daniele Bennati (ITA/RadioShack-Nissan) same time
5. Tim Wellens (BEL/Lotto-Belisol Team) same time
6. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA/Astana Pro Team) same time
7. Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED/Rabobank Cycling Team) same time
8. Rafal Majka (POL/Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Team) same time
9. Mathias Frank (SUI/BMC Racing Team) same time
10. Simon Clarke (AUS/Orica GreenEDGE) same time

Overall classification after Stage 5 (final stage):

1. Tony Martin (GER/Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 17hr 16min 56secs
2. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA/Astana Pro Team) at 40 secs
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/Sky Procycling) at 46 secs
4. Daniel Martin (IRL/Garmin-Sharp) at 50 secs
5. Eros Capecchi (ITA/Liquigas-Cannondale) at 52 secs
6. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/AG2R La Mondiale) at 56 secs
7. Rafal Majka (POL/Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Team) at 56 secs
8. Tomasz Marczynski (POL/Vacansoleil-DCM Procycling) at 56 secs
9. Rui Alberto Costa (POR/Movistar Team) at 1:00
10. Tim Wellens (BEL/Lotto-Belisol Team) at 1:00