After having won Paris-Nice just a few weeks ago, Richie Porte had considered working as a team mate for Chris Froome inside the impressive Sky team on the Criterium International. The Australian's victory on the day's afternoon time trial could change the plans. Porte indeed showed that the month of March suits him beautifully clocking the best time on the 7-kilometre course and beating Boaro and Van Garderen. He therefore captures the overall leader's yellow jersey that he'll be carrying on his shoulders for tomorrow's mountain stage heading to the Col de l'Ospedale.
Short seconds of glory…
After failing to start the afternoon's time trial, USA's Ian Boswell (SKY) made another man enter history… for a short while! Indeed, taking off first, Cheng Ji (ARG) became the first Chinese to lead the overall standings of a Criterium International with the first best time. His glorious moment was however short as he was soon to be beat by Frenchman Jimmy Engoulvent taking off just behind him.
Péraud, first over the 45 km/h mark
Jussi Veikkanen, and then Sergio Paulinho, were the following riders to enjoy the limelight at the summit of the virtual hierarchy but their performances were soon to be pointless when Jérôme Coppel (COF) crossed the line, and even more when Jean-Christophe Péraud (ALM) reached the finish at an average speed of just over 45km/h. It was then Chris Froome's (SKY) turn to accomplish his mission as he beat Peraud by 5”, but his time wasn't good enough to hope for glory. Best young rider on the last Tour de France, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) took command of the race shortly after the Brit, beating him by a second.
Neither Michael Rogers, nor Andrew Talansky managed to menace Van Garderen's position. However, Richie Porte who had already beaten his American rival on the Paris-Nice time-trial confirmed that he was the master of the month on such a specific effort. The Aussie indeed beat Van Garderen by a second and captured the overall lead. Italian Manuele Boaro (TST) struck an interesting surprise, managing to grab an excellent second spot, just a second adrift. The podium candidates will have to keep an eye out on the youngest rider of the pack, 20-year-old Bob Jungels (RLT), who is only 7'' behind the new race leader, like Peraud and Talansky. Winner of the morning stage and holder of the yellow jersey, Theo Bos (BLA) knew he wouldn't be a threat for the big guns. He took it rather easily after accomplishing his day's mission, clocking the worst time of the time-trial in 121st and last position.