Voeckler wins stage to go top

Sat, 07 May 21:42:00 2011

Europcar's Thomas Voeckler secured victory in the penultimate stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk to take the lead at the top of the general classification.

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Voeckler sprinted to the line to beat a five-man chase group by one minute and 43 seconds, to overall Marcel Kittel, who had won each of the previous three stages.

Laurent Pichon (Bretagne-Schuller) finished second while Quick Step's Zdenek Stybar took third in the same time as Pichon.

Kittel finished 11:39.00 off the pace and dropped to 44th in the GC, while Voeckler took a 1:50 lead over Pichon at the top. As well as taking third in the stage, Stybar also moved to third overall.

Kevin De Weert, Sven Nys and Joost Van Leijen formed a breakaway after 90 kilometres before being caught by a chasing group, including Voeckler, with 55km remaining.

The Europcar rider then made a solo break 20km from the line, with the chase group including Pichon, Stybar, Pierrick Fedrigo, Thierry Hupond and Rob Ruijgh failing to catch the Frenchman.


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