Frank Schleck Wins Stage 1 of Criterium International 2011
Frank Schleck has won the opening stage of the two-day Criterium International on Corsica, France earlier today by dominating his rivals in the final climb.
Frank Schleck has won the opening stage of the two-day Criterium International on the French island Corsica earlier today by dominating his rivals in the final climb.
The Luxembourg rider was helped to victory by his younger brother and Leopard-Trek teammate Andy Schleck, dropping several riders on the 8.7-mile climb up the Col de L'Ospedale.
Schleck covered the 123 miles from Porto-Vecchio to Col de L'Ospedale in 5 hours, 20 minutes, 52 seconds.
Team Movistar's Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus finished 16 seconds back, while Estonia's Rein Taaramae, riding for Team COfidis, was third 22 seconds behind. Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck finished 10th.
Sunday is the 2nd and final day of racing and it features a flat 46.6-mile stage in the morning, followed by a short time trial in the afternoon.
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