Felline wins Circuit de Lorraine

Eurosport - Sun, 23 May 16:49:00 2010

Fabio Felline won the first race of his debut year of professional cycling when he took the Circuit de Lorraine.

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The 20-year-old Italian sealed the victory after finishing second behind Antony Roux in the fifth and final stage.

Roux (Francaise des Jeux) pipped Felline (Footon-Servetto) at the photo finish at the end of the 148 kilometre ride from Metz to Hayange, with Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) third.

Felline finished the race eight seconds ahead of Pierre Rolland (Bbox Boygues Telecom) in the general classification with a total time of 18 hours, 52 minutes and 31 seconds.

STAGE FOUR REPORT

Pierre Rolland slashed Fabio Felline's lead in the Circuit de Lorrainne to just two seconds after winning the fourth stage of the race.

The Frenchman, riding for Bbox Boygues Telecom, finished the 176 kilometre ride from Parc Waligator to Belleville a full 18 seconds clear of the peloton in a time of three hours 58 minutes 53 seconds.

Rolland's compatriot Anthony Roux (La Francaise de Jeux) and Italy's Daniele Colli (Ceramica Flaminia) finished second and third respectively, with Felline (Footon-Servetto) back in 24th.

Rolland lies second in the general classification behind Felline, and is 12 seconds clear of third-placed Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) ahead of Sunday's final stage.

STAGE THREE REPORT

Fabio Felline won for the second consecutive day in the Circuit de Lorraine to extend his overall lead in the race.

The Footon-Servetto rider won another sprint finish after the trek from Raon l'Etape to Saint-Avold to extend his overall lead to 14 seconds over 2009 winner of the event Matteo Carraraá(Vacansoleil).

The race has two more stages to run, with the riders travelling from Walygator to Belleville on Saturday.

STAGE TWO REPORT

Fabio Felline won the second stage of the Circuit de Lorraine as he outsprinted fellow Italian Matteo Carrara in a two-man battle at the line in Chantraine.

The Footon-Servetto rider was granted the win despite Carrara lodging an appeal at the end of the race claiming he had been impeded.

Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet) led the first group of a fractured peloton home three seconds later.

Felline took the overall lead of the race replacing Yauheni Hutarovich (Francaise Des Jeux) who dropped all the way back to 35th.

Carrara is now second - four seconds back - with De Waele third a further five seconds behind.

STAGE ONE REPORT

Yauheni Hutarovich of Franšaise des Jeux won the opening stage sprint of the Circuit de Lorraine.

The Belarusian set the leading group's time of three hours 43 minutes seven seconds on the 162km run from Thionville to Jarny.

He was followed across the finish line by Italian Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) and Portuguese Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto).

The second of the five stages takes place between Pagny sur Moselle and Chantraine on Thursday.

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