Richie Porte takes lead in Criterium International

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Associated Press

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

PORTO-VECCHIO, France (AP) — Australian rider Richie Porte won the individual time trial on Saturday to take the overall lead in the Criterium International.

Two weeks after winning Paris-Nice for his biggest career victory, Porte is in a good position to win another race heading into Sunday's third and final stage.

Porte won the 4.3 mile time trial around Porto-Vecchio in a time of 9 minutes, 10 seconds — one second faster than Italian rider Manuele Boaro and Tejay van Garderen of the United States, who are also second and third in the standings.

Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome is one second behind the pair in fourth place overall.

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