France — German sprinter Marcel Kittel stormed to a stage win Tuesday at Paris-Nice, winning the bunch sprint in the town of Cérilly. Kittel was set up for the win by his Argos-Shimano teammates, and he delivered on the victory with a dominating sprint to the line on his Felt F1 FRD team bike.
The 200km Stage 2 took riders from Vimory to Cérilly, with much of the route going directly into a stiff headwind. Several early breakaways went up the road, but in the end the sprinters’ teams won out.
Kittel said he wanted to make his move late in the final kilometer, and his teammates helped execute the plan to perfection.
“We had planned to stay together and come to the front with our train really late, and that’s what we did,” Kittel said. “Our team did a perfect job in the finale, keeping the train together and staying up front. I was able to start the sprint late, with 200 meters to go, and I went around and was able to win.”
It was the team’s first-ever stage win at Paris-Nice. Kittel said the victory made up for the disappointment of Stage 1, when a tire puncture caused him to miss the key move.
The eight-day Paris-Nice stage race continues throughout the week, finishing in Nice on Sunday.