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4 Jours de Dunkerque / Tour du Nord-pas-de-Calais 2011

Date range:
May 4- 8, 2011

May 05, Stage 2: Douaisis - Iwuy 166km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
hedwig kröner

Welcome back to the second stage of this year's Four Days of Dunkirk. Another bunch sprint?

  1. 94km remaining from 166km

    15:00:51 CEST

    We currently have a four-man break at three minutes: Anthony Ravard (AG2R), Martin Mortensen (Leopard Trek), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil) and Julien El Fares (Cofidis).

  2. 94km remaining from 166km

    15:01:41 CEST

    We currently have a four-man break at three minutes: Anthony Ravard (AG2R), Martin Mortensen (Leopard Trek), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil) and Julien El Fares (Cofidis).

  3. 94km remaining from 166km

    15:02:08 CEST

    We currently have a four-man break at three minutes: Anthony Ravard (AG2R), Martin Mortensen (Leopard Trek), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil) and Julien El Fares (Cofidis).

  4. 71km remaining from 166km

    15:32:29 CEST

    We currently have a four-man break at three minutes: Anthony Ravard (AG2R), Martin Mortensen (Leopard Trek), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil) and Julien El Fares (Cofidis).

  5. 15:39:20 CEST

    Susan taking over.  This new system is quite something, takes us all a while to figure it out!

  6. 15:40:17 CEST

    The stage today ends with a closing circuit, and the field has just crossed the finish line for the first time.  Three laps to go, and the gap is down to 2:10

  7. 15:43:07 CEST

    There were two climbs again in today's stage, with the first one coming only 9.2km into the day.   The points for climbing the Erchin when to Steven Tronet (Roubaix Lille Metropole), followed by Bacquet (Big Mat-Auber) and Denis Flahaut (Roubaix Lılle Metropole).

  8. 15:43:31 CEST

    They hit the finish line again and the gap has dropped to 1:40.

  9. 15:45:51 CEST

    OK, let's change that to:  they have only crossed the finish line once so far, and are still on the first lap of the circuit course.  That does make a bit more sense, doesn't it?

  10. 15:47:54 CEST

    The leading quartet took all the points at the day's first intermediate sprint, with Ravard beating out Mortensen and Keizer.   And the results were the same at the second sprint.
     

  11. 15:49:48 CEST

    Everything is working out to provide us with another mass sprint today.  FDJ is leading the charge right now.

  12. 15:56:42 CEST

    Keiser has attacked out of the lead group.  Behind him, the peloton has fallen into two groups.

  13. 16:02:10 CEST

    And just like that, things change again.  Keizer alone in the lead, with everyone else right behind him!

  14. 35km remaining from 166km

    16:05:27 CEST

    Keizer crosses the finish line to set off of another lap -- with a gap of only six seconds.

  15. 16:08:03 CEST

    Marcel Kittel of Skil-Shimano won the stage yesterday and managed to lead almost every single category.  Of course he leads the GC, ahead of Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard Trek).

  16. 16:10:56 CEST

    The escape is over and the peloton is back together.

  17. 16:14:08 CEST

    We had a third intermediate sprint in there.  Keizer took it, ahead of Joost Van Leijen (Vacansoleil) and Frederic Guesdon (FDJ).

  18. 16:16:04 CEST

    Kittel also leads the points classification, ahead of – you guessed it – Galimzyanov and Nizzolo.  And we have the same line-up for the best young rider!
     

  19. 16:18:54 CEST

    Two riders have jumped out and have a minimal lead.  Others are trying to join them.

  20. 16:20:44 CEST

    Romain Bacon (Big Mat-Auber) and Samramotins (Cofidis) are the two who have taken off.
     

  21. 16:21:29 CEST

    There are now nine riders together in the lead, with Leopard Trek and Skil-Shimano leading a furious chase.

  22. 165.82km remaining from 166km

    16:28:08 CEST

    It is 12 riders, and they have six seconds:  S. Hinault, Pozzato, Paolini, Stybar, Jorgensen, Van Leijen, Saramotins, Claude, Bacon, Guesdon, Kneisky, Docker.

  23. 16:30:22 CEST

    Landbouwkrediet and Saur-Sojasun missed out on the break, so they are driving the chase.

  24. 16:31:55 CEST

    The gap has jumped to 25 seconds.

  25. 16:34:31 CEST

    It is now 13 in the lead group, as Gregory Habeaux has jumped to join them.

  26. 16:37:38 CEST

    And here our 13 leaders with team names:  S. Hinault (AG2R), Pozzato, Paolini (Katusha), Stybar (Quick Step), Jorgensen (Saxo Bank), Van Leijen (Vacansoleil), Saramotins (Cofidis), Claude (Europcar), Bacon (Big Mat), Guesdon (FDJ), Kneisky (Roubaix), Docker (Skil) and Habeaux (Verandas Willems).

  27. 16:38:22 CEST

    The gap is down to 20 seconds.

  28. 16:39:06 CEST

    Only nine km to go!

  29. 16:41:45 CEST

    • Puncture

    Bad news for Katusha.  Galimzyanov, second overall, has punctured.

  30. 16:44:45 CEST

    Jorgensen and Van Leijen have broken out.  They have 10 seconds on the other escapees and 15 seconds on the field.

  31. 3.5km remaining from 166km

    16:47:28 CEST

    Everyone came back together with 4 km to go, but now Johan Le Bon (Bretagne-Schuller) has taken off.

  32. 2km remaining from 166km

    16:49:33 CEST

    2km to go and the field has caught Le Bon.

  33. 16:50:06 CEST

    The Flamme Rouge -- and the sprint is on!

  34. 16:50:53 CEST

    Kittel wins again!

  35. 16:51:11 CEST

    That is two straight wins for the young German from Skil-Shimano.

  36. 16:54:32 CEST

    Aidis Kroupis of Landbouwkrediet took second, and third was Michaël Van Staeyen of Topsport Vlaanderen.

  37. 16:54:55 CEST

    Kittel will have cemented his overall lead with that second stage win today.

  38. 16:56:06 CEST

    Our podium today looks like this:

    1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano
    2 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet
    3 Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

  39. 16:56:26 CEST

    That's it for today!  Thanks for reading along with us.