Gosh It’s Josh: Tarling On Fire In French TT

Gosh It’s Josh: Tarling On Fire In French TT

By Ian Gordon

Josh Tarling underlined his status as one of Britain’s cycling talents with a superb second place in the Criterium de Dauphine’s individual time trial.

The European champion took second place behind world champ Remco Evenepoel but claimed the scalp of Olympic champ Primoz Roglic who was third.

One of the first riders off the start ramp, Tarling – battling back after a knee injury – powered around the 34.4km course between St Germain-Maval and Neulise to clock 42 minutes six seconds.

Tarling spent two minutes in the hot seat as rider after rider failed to match his time until Evenepoel claimed victory on stage four by 17 seconds. Roglic finished third 22 seconds further adrift.

“It felt slow,” Tarling said. “It’s the tarmac that’s quite grippy, so it felt hard to get the speed up, especially over the top of the climbs. I think I did a decent enough ride, so fingers crossed.”

Belgian rider Evenepoel now leads the standings in the key Tour de France warm-up for many of the riders by 33-seconds over Roglic while American Matteo Jorgenson is third, 1:04 behind.

Evenepoel went through the first time check two seconds up on Tarling. The 20-year-old Welshman had a narrow lead at the second check point before being pipped at the finish.


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