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
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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.