uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

Felline took his first time trial win by beating teammate Jungels by 1 second in the 7km Criterium International race against the clock; King finished 19th and defended his lead

Photo: Sirotti










28.03.2015 @ 18:12 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Fabio Felline (Trek) proved that he is much more than a fast finisher and solid climber when he took a surprise win in the Criterium International. The Italian beat his teammate Bob Jungels by a single second on the 7km course while Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) was one second further back in third. Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) did well to take 19th and defend his overall lead.


Going into this season, Fabio Felline had never really excelled in time trials but apparently things will change in the future for the fast Italian. After he had already taken a surprise third in the Etoile de Besseges TT, he took a hugely surprising win in the second stage of the Criterium International.


Felline had gone into the race targeting a win in the uphill sprint on stage 1 but he had been left disappointed this morning. After the two-rider breakaway surprisingly had stayed away, he could only manage 8th in the sprint, ending the stage in 10th.


Felline’s opportunities in the race seemed to be over but he bounced back in the time trial where he took a surprise win. Due to his good GC position, he was among the late starters and he took off on the 7km ride, knowing that his teammate and stage favourite Bob Jungels had taken the lead with 9.12.


In Besseges, Jungels had been faster than Felline but this time the roles were reversed. The more technical course suited the in-form Italian perfectly and he stopped the clock in 9.11 to go one second faster than his teammate. Earlier Manuele Boaro had briefly had the lead with 9.13 and his performance was ultimately good enough for third.


With mostly sprinters among the late starters, Felline only had to fear overall favourite Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) who has improved a lot in time trialling recently. The Frenchman confirmed his progress with a  great fourth place, just 6 seconds off the mark, but it was not enough to prevent Felline from taking the win.


Overall leader Ben King had a solid ride to finish the stage in 19th, losing 21 seconds to Felline. This means that he defended his lead and is now 24 seconds ahead of Clement Saint Martin (Marseille) while Felline has moved into third at 27 seconds.


However, he faces a big test tomorrow in the final stage which is also the hardest of the race. It includes 6 smaller climbs before it ends at the traditional mountaintop finish on the Col de l’Ospedale where Pinot who is only 32 seconds behind, hopes to strike.


A technical course

After the surprise outcome of the morning stage, the riders tackled the traditional time trial in the afternoon. The stage was held on a mostly flat 7km course in Porto-Vecchio and the riders had to tackle several technical challenges and two smaller climbs along the way.


The first rider down the ramp was Lucas Euser (Unitedhealthcare) and he stopped the clock in 10.45 to take the early lead. However, he was quickly relegated as time trial specialist Kristof Vandewalle (Trek) was among the early starters and he stopped the clock in 10.00.


Fumeaux takes the lead

Surprisingly, Swiss climber Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM) was fast with a time of 9.44 before Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Argon 18) and Fredrik Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin) both slotted into second with 9.55 and 9.50 respectively. Cedric Pineau (FDJ) made it onto the provisional podium with 9.50 while Chris Jones (Unitedhealthcare) had a great ride with 9.52.


Pirmin Lang (IAM) narrowly missed out on the top 3 with 9.51 before Maurits Lammertink (Roompot) made it into second with 9.47. However, all eyes were on Jeremy Roy (FDJ) who lived up to expectations when he stopped the clock in 9.29 to take the lead.


Best time for Clement

Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin) missed out on the lead when he stopped the clock in 9.39 to take second before his teammate Thierry Hupond slotted into third with 9.40. Moments later Steve Morabito (FDJ) proved to be faster than his teammate Roy as his time of 9.27 was enough to take the lead.


Stef Clement (IAM) returned to his former time trialling glory when he took the lead with a time of 9.24 and he narrowly held of Pierrick Fedrigo (Bretagne) who was just 1 second slower. Yoann Paillot (Marseille) had a fine ride with 9.35 before Tom Jelte Slagter (Cannondale) made it into the top 3 with 9.27.


Boaro in the lead

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) could only manage 9.34 while Pierre-Luc Perichon (Bretagne) was a bit faster with 9.31. Nathan Brown continued the consistent Cannondale showing with 9.34 but it was Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne) who stole the spotlight when he went two seconds faster than Clement to take the lead.


One minute later Mathias Frank posted a time that was just 1 second slower before Patrick Konrad (Bora Argon 18) had a great rider with 9.28, the same time as defending champion Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r). Now Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) was on the cause though and he was significantly faster than his rivals when he stopped the clock in 9.13.


Felline creates a surprise

However, he didn’t even lead the race for a single minute as Bob Jungels was the next rider on the course and he went one second faster. Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale) had to settle for third with 9.20.


Jose Mendes (Bora-Argon 18) made it into the top 10 before Julien Loubet (Marseille) had a great rider with 9.26. That was overshadowed by Felline though as the Italian took the lead just minutes later.


Julian Arredondo (Trek) had a surprisingly good ride with 9.32 and with mostly sprinters remaining, Felline only had to fear Thibaut Pinot. The Frenchman did well to take fourth, missing the mark by just 6 seconds. King rolled across the line in 20th to defend his lead just a few minutes leader.



The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

23 years | today
39 years | today
42 years | today
21 years | today
Ludovic TURPIN
48 years | today