The German rider Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick Step) won the bunch sprint which decided Stage 2 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 190km from Arnhem to Nijmegen. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida) finished second and third.
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin) retained the race lead and kept the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick Step) – 190km in 4h38’31”, average speed 40.931km/h
2 – Arnaud Demare (FDJ) s.t.
3 – Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida) s.t.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t.
3 – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick Step) at 1″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Marcel Kittel said: “Firstly I want to say chapeau to the people of the Netherlands for the great atmosphere on the road today. I’m super happy to win the first bunch sprint of the Giro. Yesterday, the time trial was a good sign of my form. Today my team did a very good job to bring me to the front. I had to get through a few gaps to reach the front of the group. It was a tricky finale and I’m very happy with how it went. Now I’m one second away from the pink jersey. Step by step, I’m getting there”.
Race leader Tom Dumoulin said: “The whole race was a party! There were crowds everywhere. I enjoyed the moment because my team helped me keep the pink jersey in a really good way. Now Marcel Kittel is close in GC but the party continues”.