Cycling - Coquard wins in Picardie, Txurruka wins in Asturias

France's Bryan Coquard won the second stage of the Tour de Picardie and took over the leader's jersey.

Cycling - Coquard wins in Picardie, Txurruka wins in Asturias

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Europcar star Coquard beat Germany's stage one winner Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) and Britain's Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in a sprint finish at the end of the 171km stage from Oisemont to Bailleul-sur-Therain.

Coquard has the time as Kittel in the GC but leads by virtue of his superior points tally.

Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale) is ten seconds down in third place.

In the day's other race, the Vuelta a Asturias, Amets Txurruka of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA won the opening stage between Oviedo and Pola de Lena.

It was Txurruka's (pictured below) first professional victory.

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Tour de Picardie stage two results

1 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar

2 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano

3 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

4 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille

5 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

6 Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka

7 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida

8 Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement

9 Andrea Francesco Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida

10 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille

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