Marcel Kittel claimed Project 1t4i's first victory in 2012 by taking stage 2 of the French 5-day race, Etoile des Besseges, in a high-speed sprint finish. The German sensation edged out victory in front of Belgium's Kris Boeckmans and stage one winner Nacer Bouhanni.
Like much of the race, the second stage proved very difficult due to severe winter weather that hit most of Europe including southern France. Snow and freezing temperatures forced the race organizers to cancel the first part of the route between Nîmes and Saint-Ambroix making for a shorter and more frantic stage and finish. The start was taken at Lusson and left almost 59 kilometres untouched of the original 149km. Marcel Kittel showed his speed and savy in the dash for the line and left his opponents no chance in the final push. The German is also established himself as the new leader in the overall general classification.