Marcel Kittel wins Giro d’Italia stage 2

As the Giro d’Italia loomed on the horizon, Marcel Kittel stressed out that he’s not just motivated for the first Grand Tour of the year, but also that he’s enjoying his best ever spring since turning pro, with no less than eight victories already to his name, among which was also a record fourth win in Scheldeprijs. 

Racing his second Giro d’Italia, Kittel patiently kept his powder dry throughout the stage (Arnhem – Nijmegen, 190 kilometers), as the peloton controlled a three-man break which took off right after the start and was caught with less than 10 kilometers to go. The 27-year-old sprinter waited for the team to safely negotiate the final kilometers of the stage, as Bob Jungels, Fabio Sabatini, Matteo Trentin and Lukasz Wisniowski did a great job by bringing him at the top end of the bunch.

Then, inside the last 200 meters, just as FDJ was trying to hit the front in the rush to the line, Kittel opened his devastating sprint, leaving everyone else behind and scoring an impressive victory, thus rekindling his long-standing relationship with the Grand Tours, in which he scored 12 wins so far.

“I was feeling really good today and started my sprint in a perfect moment. With the finish being in a short downhill, I knew it was perfect for me and kicked-off my sprint with confidence. Winning the stage with a small gap was even better, especially as it came at the end of an incredible day. The fans were outstanding and supported us all the time, the Dutch really know how to celebrate and it was like a big party out there. I must say, the finish in Nijmegen was one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen”, said Marcel Kittel after bringing Etixx – Quick-Step its 24th victory of the season.

Stage 2 of the Corsa Rosa was arguably Kittel’s biggest win of the year, and he credited his teammates for boxing their way to the front and leaving him in an excellent position as the peloton hit the climax of the day: “What makes me very happy is that the team showed huge confidence and huge strength to make this win possible for me, so I want to thank the guys for fighting in the finale and taking me to the front of the pack. The win was very special also because I had my girlfriend – who lives not far from here – waiting for me at the finish. Now I’m looking forward to the next stage with calm and an even higher degree of confidence.”

Giro d’Italia 2016 – stage 2 results (Arnhem – Nijmegen):

1 Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)

4:38:31

2 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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3 Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida)

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4 Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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5 Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF)

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6 Alexander Porsev (Katusha)

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7 Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE)

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8 Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)

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9 Andrey Amador (Movistar)

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10 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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General classification after stage 2:

1 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)

4:49:34

2 Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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3 Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+01”

4 Andrey Amador (Movistar)

+06”

5 Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin)

+08”

6 Moreno Moser (Cannondale)

+12”

7 Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+13”

8 Matthias Brandle (IAM)

+14”

9 Silvan Dillier (BMC)

+16”

10 Roger Kluge (IAM)

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