Degenkolb doubles up in Dunkerque


The German sprinter beat Zdenek Stybar and Jerome Pineau to the line on wet cobbles after fighting through the Omega Pharma-Quick Step lead out.

Frenchman Pineau held on for third after leading out Czech Stybar at the conclusion to the 180.2km stage from Berck-sur-Mer.

Argos-Shimano led the peloton for much of the wet stage while there was a long breakaway from Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun), Carlos Quintero (Colombia-Coldeportes), Fabien Bacquet (Auber 93) and Franck Vermeulen (Véranda Rideau-Super U).

They were 4:35 clear with 70km to go but were reeled in on the two 25.9km circuits which ended the stage - Quintero and Vermeulen staying ahead longest - with Omega Pharma-Quick Step leading the attack.

Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana) had a lone attack late on before Omega Pharma-Quick Step began their push for the line with a kilometre to go - and Degenkolb plotted his perfect assault to win.


1. John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano

2. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

3. Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step

4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-BigMat

5. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

6. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

7. Kevin Ista (Bel) Verandas

8. Egidijus Joudvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony

9. Kenny van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM

10. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

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