March 27, 2011 – Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck clinched the Criterium international race here on Sunday after the third and final stage, a 7.8km time-trial through the streets of this Corsican town.
The 30-year-old Leopard rider – older brother of two-time Tour de France runner-up Andy – had laid the foundation for his victory in an impressive mountain stage win on Saturday.
Schleck finished joint 12th in Sunday’s stage, won by German veteran Andreas Kloeden, but his main rivals for the overall victory failed to gain enough time on him.
He lost just seven seconds to Belarus runner-up Vasil Kiryienka and actually gained two seconds on third-placed Estonian Rein Taaramae.
It was Schleck’s first win since taking the Tour of Switzerland and his national title in June last year – the two-time Tour de France stage winner then saw his hopes in last year’s ‘Grand Boucle’ end prematurely when he broke his collarbone on the third stage.
Results after Sunday’s third and final stage, a 7.8km time-trial round this Corsican town: