Kittel doubles up on Dunkirk

Fri, 06 May 02:45:00 2011

Marcel Kittel of Skil Shimano followed up his opening day win with victory on the second stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk.

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The German rider beat Aidis Kruopis (Landbouwkrediet) and Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) to the line at the end of the 166km route between Douai and Iwuy.

The back-to-back successes saw Kittel strengthen his position as overall leader of this, the 57th edition of the race.

A breakaway formed after 16km but with Kittel's team leading the way the peloton was able to keep in touch.

A lead of just 25 seconds at the end of the third and final section of cobblestones was soon eaten up, setting up Kittel for his second stage victory in a sprint to the line.

Despite the name, there are five stages over five days in the event, with Friday's third stage taking the riders on a 171km route from Caudry and Le Cateau.

Eurosport

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