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Fabio Felline wins ITT at Criterium International; Ben King holds lead

Trek Factory Racing goes one-two in the time trial, but Cannondale's Ben King holds onto the overall lead with one stage to go in the Criterium International

Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) won the second stage of the Criterium International on Saturday while Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) retained the overall lead.

King won the opening stage Saturday morning.

Felline took the 7km stage-2 individual time trial by one second over teammate Bob Jungels with Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) third at two seconds.

“This afternoon I did not expect to win, not with Bob and a lot of other TT specialists here, but I know that I am feeling good — today was the ninth time this year that I finish in the top 10,” said Felline. “So I wanted to make a good result. But now I am here, I have won, and I am super happy.

“To be honest, it was the stage this morning where I was targeting the victory, not this afternoon. But then the breakaway arrived at the finish, and in the end I did not make a good sprint. This makes up for that, but I have to say I am a little surprised.”

King now leads the overall by 24 seconds over Clement Saint Martin (Team Marseille 13 KTM) with Felline third at 26 seconds.

Sunday’s third and final stage, a 189.5km leg featuring the Col de l’Ospedale, will decide the final overall standings.