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Marcel Kittel wins stage two of Abu Dhabi Tour with late surge

Josh Cunningham
24 Feb 2017

Marcel Kittel comes from behind to out-sprint Caleb Ewan and Mark Cavendish

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) has won stage two of the Abu Dhabi Tour, coming from behind to win ahead of Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

Ewan led the sprint out and held a strong lead, and for a while it looked like Cavendish would be the one to come around the young Australian, but Kittel came from very far back to round both of them, knocking Ewan's hands out of the air as he celebrated prematurely. 

It was a 153km stage that was predicted to come down to another sprint, but a two-man breakaway wasn't reeled in until 2.2km to go, with Quick-Step Floors and Team Sky leading the charge behind. Dimension Data took over leading the main bunch with a kilometre to go, while Orica Bike Exchange set up Ewan in a separate leadout train on the other side of the road. 

The final bend came with around 300m to go, and there were some shaky moments witnessed as riders brushed shoulders as the bunch rounded it, but unlike yesterday's finale - in which Kittel himself came down - there were no crashes. 

'Yesterday we lost the stage victory, and also some skin,' he told TV interviewers after the stage.

'Our plan was to come to the front late, and we were almost too late. I could see that I was coming up faster than the rest, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be enough.'

Cavendish, after winning yesterday and taking third today, retains the overall race lead.