Steve Cummings of BMC Racing has today won the French early season race the Tour Méditerranéen, the Briton continuing his impressive form this month where he also finished second overall at the inaugural edition of the Dubai Tour.
Victory in yesterday afternoon's individual time trial put the 32-year-old from the Wirral into the overnight lead ahead of today's fifth and final stage which finished at Mont Faron above Toulon.
Cummings crossed the line fourth todayt, 11 seconds behind AG2R's Jean-Christophe Peraud, to clinch the overall by 4 seconds from the Frenchman.
"It was so close, I went way over my limit," said Cummings afterwards.
"I just did my best and luckily it was good enough. I thought I could do a good GC, but was looking more to the time trial and taking things day-by-day.
"But I kept staying in the front and then the time trial was great. So today was like the icing on the cake.
"It was great for everything to fall into place.
"In the past, I have had form like this – or better – and something has gone wrong: I have had a crash or been sick. It has never come out properly. So it is nice to have it work out."
Cummings' victory in a race that hads previously been won by riders including Eddy Merckx and Paolo Bettini comes two years after the triumph of Jon Tiernan-Locke, then with Endura Racing.
Joining Team Sky for its debut season in 2010, Cummings finished second overall to Rabobank's Lars Boom the following year and joined BMC Racing for the 2012 season.
He broke his pelvis in February that year during the Tour of the Algarve, but later that season gained his first Grand Tour stage win in the Vuelta.
Earlier this month, Cummings finished second overall in the Dubai Tour, won by his BMC Racing team mate, Taylor Phinney.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.