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Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germanu / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

TDF’17 St2: Kittel Kicks It In Liège!

ASO Race Report: Germany’s Marcel Kittel claimed his tenth stage victory at the Tour de France since 2013. He won the bunch sprint at quai des Ardennes in Liège ahead of French champion Arnaud Démare and André Greipel who remains ahead of his compatriot on the victory tally with eleven stage wins. Chris Froome and Romain Bardet crashed but finished in the peloton like Geraint Thomas who retained the yellow jersey.

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germanu / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - THOMAS Geraint (GBR) Rider of Team SKY pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - KITTEL Marcel (GER) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team, Thomas Geisel Dusseldorfer Oberburgermeister, THOMAS Geraint (GBR) Rider of Team SKY, KIRYIENKA Vasil (BLR) Rider of Team SKY, BURGHARDT Marcus (GER) Rider of Team Bora - Hansgrohe, GREIPEL Andre (GER) Rider of Team Lotto - Soudal, FROOME Christopher (GBR) Rider of Team SKY pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Dusseldorf to Liege, 203.50 km - fo

Tour de France 2017 - 02/07/2017 - Etape 2 - Düsseldorf / Liège (203,5 km) - Belgique -

Four neophytes on the move
196 riders listened to the European anthem as well as the French and the German ones during the starting ceremony in Düsseldorf after Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) had pulled out during the inaugural time trial. Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) was next to leave the race as he was also injured after a crash while racing against the clock. From the gun, Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) initiated the first breakaway of the 104th Tour de France, quickly joined by Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac), Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro). Their advantage didn’t exceed 3.25. All four escapees were debutants at the Tour de France this year but the bunch took them very seriously with the teams of the sprinters setting a steady pace at the front: Lotto-Soudal, Quick-Step Floors, Dimension Data, FDJ, Katusha-Alpecin…

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - PHINNEY Taylor (USA) Rider of Cannondale - Drapac team, PICHON Laurent (FRA) Rider of Fortuneo - Vital Concept, BOUDAT THOMAS (FRA) Rider of Direct Energie, OFFREDO Yoanne (FRA) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Tour de France 2017 - 02/07/2017 - Etape 2 - Düsseldorf / Liège (203,5 km) - Belgique - 29" d'avance pour l'échappée à 22km de l'arrivée

Taylor Phinney in the polka dot jersey
For his Tour debut, Phinney was smart enough to sprint at Grafenberg, km 6.5, to score one point in the King of the Mountains. He also out-sprinted Pichon at Côte d’Olne with 20.5km to go to get the first polka dot jersey of the 2017 Tour de France, six years after another American, Tejay van Garderen, wore it.

Tour de France 2017 - 02/07/2017 - Etape 2 - Düsseldorf / Liège (203,5 km) - Belgique - L'allure moyenne est de 43 km/h

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Taylor PHINNEY (USA / Cannondale Drapac Professsional Cycling Team) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Tour de France 2017 - 02/07/2017 - Etape 2 - Düsseldorf / Liège (203,5 km) - Belgique - Thomas BOUDAT (DEN), Taylor PHINNEY (CDT), Laurent PICHON (TFO) et Yoann OFFREDO (WGG) - 2' d'avance sur le peloton

Breakaway caught with 1km to go
It was raining badly when the peloton left Germany for Belgium for the last hour of stage 2. With 31km to go, Chris Froome (Sky) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) were involved in a heavy crash but they made it across seven kilometers further. With 15km to go, Phinney and Offredo forged on while Pichon and Boudat were reeled in. Offredo was awarded the price of the most aggressive rider of the day. The duo still had 30 seconds lead with 4km to go but they got reeled in 1km before the end. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) didn’t have a real train to lead him out but he made his way to victory in the middle of the road to out-sprint Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who were leading the charge on the left side. Démare was on Kittel’s side to take the second position. This is the 21st victory by a German rider at the Tour de France since 2013.

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Mark CAVENDISH (GBR / Team Dimension Data) - - Dylan GROENEWEGEN (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Peter SAGAN (Slowakia / Team Bora - Hansgrohe) Marcel KITTEL (Germanu / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germanu / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germanu / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Tour de France 2017 - 02/07/2017 - Etape 2 - Düsseldorf / Liège (203,5 km) - Belgique - Taylor PHINNEY (CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONNAL CYCLING TEAM) - Avec le maillot à pois

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Liège - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - THOMAS Geraint (GBR) Rider of Team SKY pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 2 - from Düsseldorf to Liège, 203.50 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Tour de France Stage 2 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 4:37:06
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
3. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
4. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
5. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7. Ben Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates
8. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
9. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
10. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
11. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
12. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
13. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
14. Daniel Mclay (GB) Fortuneo-Oscaro
15. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
16. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
17. Dion Smith (NZ) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
18. Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
19. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
20. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana
21. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky
22. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
23. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
24. Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
25. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 2:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky in 4:53:10
2. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC at 0:05
3. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:06
4. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky at 0:07
5. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors at 0:10
6. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:12
7. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:15
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky
9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:16
10. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb
11. Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:17
12. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
13. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott at 0:19
14. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar at 0:20
15. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
16. Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:25
17. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
18. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:29
19. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 0:30
20. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:31
21. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:32
22. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
23. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:33
24. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:34
25. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:36

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