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