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Stephen Cummings dethrones John Degenkolb at Tour Mediterraneen

Stephen Cummings (BMC Racing Team) took the overall lead of the Tour Méditerranéen on Saturday afternoon after winning the fourth stage, an 18.6km individual time trial around Saint- Rémy-de-Provence.

On the eve of the final finish to Mont Faron, Cummings dethroned race leader John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Shimano), who won the first three stages.

Cummings took the time trial in 24 minutes and 27 seconds, with Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) finishing second at 4 seconds with Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) third at 10 seconds.

“You know, I do not win so often, so I’ll really enjoy this victory,”” said Cummings, who had not stood atop a podium since the fifth stage of the 2012 Tour of Beijing.

Earlier Saturday, Degenkolb won the short third stage, a 63.5km sprint.

Sunday’s fifth and final stage is a 192.7km affair that includes Mont Faron, with its 5.5 miles of 8 percent grade.

The top 30 riders are spread out over lessthan a minute and a half, and the current leader is not a pure climber.

“Of course , we will try to defend the jersey, but it will be difficult,” said Cummings.