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Abu Dhabi Tour - Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 [24-02-17 16:27 by staff GoNBike.com] 

Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2, Nation Towers Stage, of the Abu Dhabi Tour
Mark Cavendish retains the Red Jersey

Abu Dhabi, 24 February 2017 – The German rider Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won the 153km Stage 2 of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour, from Abu Dhabi (Al Maryah Island) to Abu Dhabi (Al Marina), in a bunch sprint. He beat Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) and Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) in a photo-finish, with Cavendish defending his leadership in the overall General Classification and the Red Jersey sponsored by Al Maryah Island.

STAGE RESULT
1 - Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 153km in 3h28’11”, average speed 44.095km/h
2 - Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) s.t.
3 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
2 - Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) at 4"
3 - Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at 8"

JERSEYS

The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Nation Towers (General individual classification by points) - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1992) - Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Marco Canola (Nippo - Vini Fantini)


Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Marcel Kittel said: "I think this is a very beautiful moment. Yesterday we lost not only the stage victory but also some skin... Today I had another chance, I was very motivated and I'm very happy now. Our plan was to come at the last moment to the front, I think we did it vey well, almost too late... I was in the wheel which was a real advantage, because all the sprinters were alone and I had to jump from wheel to wheel. On the right there was the best probability to jump to the front and when I saw it I went all in. I could see I was going faster than the rest but I was not sure if that was enough to cross the line first. Very nice to win like that.".

::Abu Dhabi Tour - Press Release::




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