Greipel wins again in Belgium

Andre Greipel claimed a second-straight win in the Ronde van Belgie by claiming the sprint finish at the end of stage two.

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The German Lotto Belisol rider beat Italians Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) and Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) into second and third respectively.

The official time was three hours 46 minutes and 13 seconds.

The podium at the end of the 170.7-kilometre ride from Lochristi to Knokke-Heist in the north-east of the country is reflected in the general classification after two of the race's five stages.

Second-placed Napolitano is eight seconds behind Greipel, with Guarnieri a further eight behind his compatriot.

"I am very happy with my sprint today," said Greipel after the race. "It's true what they say, only the strongest will succeed at Knokke-Heist.

"I was fully launched at 800m by Greg (Henderson) at the wheel of Jacopo Guernieri. I was able to play out a perfect sprint and I got out at the right time, even if it was more complicated than it seemed."

Friday's third stage is a 173.5km trek to Beveren.

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