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Cycling: Sky's the limit for Froome in Criterium

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Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome won the two-day Criterium International on the Mediterranean island of Corsica on Sunday.

The Briton, who won the third and final stage, was followed home by his Team Sky teammate, Australian Richie Porte, the overnight leader.

Living up to their reputation at being able to fend off rivals the British team stifled any attempted attacks and in the process notched up another 1-2 up the 14km final climb which was shrouded in spring mist.

After sterling work by teammate Vasil Kiryienka, Froome found himself at the head of affairs with five kilometres to race, coasting across the line 30sec clear of Porte, winner of this month's Paris-Nice.

Froome, who is eying going one better in this year's Tour de France after playing second fiddle to compatriot Bradley Wiggins in the cycling blue riband in 2012, became the first Briton to win the Corsica event since Chris Boardman in 1996.

"This race helped me see how I could trust my team with the Tour de France in mind," he said.

The 27-year-old, reflecting on the win, added: "It was more or less what we had planned.

"The idea was to control the race all day.

"It was a huge task and we really put the pressure on the others. I did not plan to attack in the climb but there was a gap between Richie and me and I felt I could go, so I went."

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