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Viviani Cleans up Kittel and Kristoff

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Mar 30, 2016 – Italy’s Elia Viviani claimed the second stage of Three Days of De Panne on Wednesday, edging out Germany’s Marcel Kittel and overall leader Alexander Kristoff in a sprint finish after a 211km run from Zottegem.

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A seven-man breakaway breathed life into the stage, with Dutch rider Pim Ligthart the final escapee to be swallowed up around 20km from the finish.

Etixx-QuickStep set up Kittel to launch an assault for the line with around 250 metres to go, but the German sprint specialist was overtaken by a charging Elia, as the Team Sky rider notched up his second win of the season after claiming a stage on February’s Tour of Dubai.

Katusha rider Kristoff, winner of Tuesday’s opening stage and the defending champion, holds a five-second lead going into Thursday’s concluding split stages – a 111km trip around De Panne is followed by a 14.2km time-trial.

Final kilometers of Stage 2
https://youtu.be/F-HOC7GlB0k

Results Stage 2:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 5:01:04
2. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx – Quick-Step
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
4. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
5. Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
6. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
7. Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
8. Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ
9. Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team
10. Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo

General Classification:
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 9:23:24
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:05
3. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:00:10
4. Mads Pedersen (Den) Stölting Service Group 0:00:43
5. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00:45
6. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:46
7. Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:00:48
8. Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx – Quick-Step
9. Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha 0:00:49
10. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00:50

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