On Thursday, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s team leader in Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Steve Cummings, suffered a bad crash on stage 4, which caused him to abandon the Spanish World Tour race. At the hospital, x-ray exams confirmed fractures on Cummings’ left collarbone and scapula as well as a sternum fracture. The 36-year-old Brit was set to lead the team in the Ardennes monument, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, later this month but he will now have to change his race schedule and re-focus on other goals. Dr Jarrad Van Zuydam – Team Doctor “The scapular fracture extends into the joint meaning that Steve will likely need surgery.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka suffered a bad loss on stage 4 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco as team leader Steve Cummings crashed with 30 km to go and had to abandon the Spanish World Tour race. However, the remaining riders put in a strong performance on the final kilometers. After the main breakaways had been established quite early in the previous days, it took over an hour of furious racing before the peloton finally let a group of four riders get away today. Posing no threats for the overall leader, the pack didn’t seem too concerned about the breakaway and therefore allowed the group to.

Mark Renshaw has fractured the Talus bone in his right ankle after crashing out of the Scheldeprijs yesterday. Renshaw was the protected rider for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka at yesterday’s Scheldeprijs but a crash at 4km saw our Australian sprinter hit the deck along with teammates Youcef Reguigui and Jay Thomson. While Reguigui and Thomson could finish the race, it was clear Renshaw would be unable to continue. After further examination, it was found that Renshaw had sustained a fracture to the Talus bone in his right ankle. Renshaw is already on his way to Cologne where our team doctor, Dr Dirk Tenner, will.

It’s always great to be racing in Belgium because the crowds come out on mass, Scheldeprijs was no different. Take a look at Stiehl Photography’s shots from the day..