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Steve Cummings looking for a new team as Dimension Data rebrand to NTT

Joe Robinson
12 Nov 2019

The veteran rider is yet to confirm his future as Dimension Data changes to NTT for 2020

The future of Steve Cummings's professional cycling career is unknown after NTT Pro Cycling confirmed their roster for 2020, with the British rider's name absent from the list.

South African team Dimension Data will rebrand to NTT Pro Cycling from 1st January, with the Japanese telecommunications company coming on board as primary sponsor.

The team confirmed their roster for next season with the noticeable exception of Cummings and veteran Austrian rider Bernie Eisel.

Eisel is likely to follow fellow Dimension Data departee Mark Cavendish to Bahrain-Merida, with the duo having ridden together for most of their careers.

Cummings, however, has yet to confirm his future. Now 38 years old, the Liverpudlian struggled with injury in 2019.

In April, Cummings suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of the Basque Country before sustaining multiple fractured vertebrae after a crash at the Tour of Britain in September.

Retirement could be a consideration although the former national road and time trial champion is yet to hint at where he will go for next year.

As for Dimension Data, 2019 has been a year to forget. The team managed only seven victories, one of which was Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier's Eritrean time trial championships title, with Edvald Boasson Hagen's Criterium du Dauphine stage victory being the only one at WorldTour level.

There was also the public dispute around Cavendish's Tour de France omission and the departure of sport director Rolf Aldag.

The team have also been largely criticised after moving away from their previous focus on developing young, black African riders in order to chase victories. 

Sporting a new blue kit for 2020, the team have attempted a slight reshuffle for next year with the signings of Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts from Lotto-Soudal and German sprinter Max Walscheid.

They are also likely to announce one final rider before the beginning of next season. Currently, the team only has 26 riders with the UCI minimum for WorldTour teams being 27 riders.

Team Principal Doug Ryder addressed some of the concerns surrounding the team at he 2020 launch and how the team's purpose remains the development of the Qhubeka charity.

'We strive to be the benchmark within the sport through being a performance-driven, technology-enabled team that is underpinned by our unique purpose-led approach in support of the Qhubeka charity,' said Ryder.

'Our commitment to changing lives together with Qhubeka remains stronger than ever and we’ll be looking to do so with even greater enthusiasm in 2020. Together with our staff, riders and valued partners this core belief remains a foundation of our organisation.

'Our team’s story now continues into the next phase, which will see us use our established platform to aim higher and to shoot further. We truly are a team that was born in Africa but created for the world.'

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