Marcel Kittel is the king of the Dubai Tour thus far, with the German speedster winning stage 2 — his second victory at the race — Wednesday in Ras al Khaimah.

Kittel and his Quick-Step Floors teammates celebrated at the end of the 188-kilometer stage, which ended in a crowded sprint that saw several riders in play for a victory.

In the final stretch, two Quick-Step riders peeled away and let Kittel’s massive engine take over as the front group approached the finish line. Kittel was pedaling hard on the left side of the road while his chief rivals for the stage win Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL – Jumbo), Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina), John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo), and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) were over to his right and dealing with a bit of a traffic jam as they mashed on their pedals.

Kittel, who won Tuesday’s opening stage, now has seven career stage wins at the Dubai Tour. Groenewegen took second in Wednesday’s sprint and Mareczko was third.

Top 10, stage 2

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 4:25:33
  • 2. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 3. Jakub MARECZKO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 4. John DEGENKOLB, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 6. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 7. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 8. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Marco MARONESE, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 10. Adam BLYTHE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00

“Today was a difficult one. The final was different and tricky, and as a result there wasn’t an opportunity to stretch out the peloton, but adapting to different race situations shows the strength of the team,” Kittel said. “The guys did, once again, an incredible job, Fabio [Sabatini] brought me to the front when it mattered, Matteo [Trentin] kept the speed high, and I jumped from wheel to wheel and managed to take the victory.”

Kittel leads Groenewegen by 8 seconds in the general classification, while Nicola Boem (Bardiani – CSF) is 13 seconds adrift in third.

“To have seven stage victories here is nice,” Kittel said. “As I said at the beginning of the week, Dubai has always been good to me. The race is not over, and our goal is to keep on working and take it day by day as good as possible. We’ll see how things pan out.”

The Dubai Tour picks up with Thursday’s stage 3, which measures 200km from Dubai to Al Aqah.

Stage 2 results

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 4:25:33
  • 2. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 3. Jakub MARECZKO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 4. John DEGENKOLB, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 5. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 6. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 7. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 8. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 9. Marco MARONESE, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 10. Adam BLYTHE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00
  • 11. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 12. Ryan GIBBONS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 13. Matej MOHORIC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 14. Steele VON HOFF, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 15. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 16. Andrew FENN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00
  • 17. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 18. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 19. Roberto FERRARI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 20. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 21. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 22. Ahmed ALMANSORY, UAE, at :00
  • 23. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 24. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 25. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 27. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 28. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 29. Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 30. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 31. Hayden MCCORMICK, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 32. Badr Mohamed Ahmed MOHAMED ALHAMMADI, UAE, at :00
  • 33. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 34. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 35. Jaber ALMANSOORI, UAE, at :00
  • 36. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 37. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 38. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 39. Thomas STEWART, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 40. Yousef ALMANSOORI, UAE, at :00
  • 41. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 42. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 43. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 44. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 45. David PER, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 46. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 47. Jan POLANC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 48. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 49. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 50. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 51. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 52. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 53. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 54. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 55. Umberto POLI, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 56. Simone VELASCO, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 57. Karol DOMAGALSKI, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 58. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 59. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 60. Joshua HUNT, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 61. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 62. Yousef MIRZA BANIHAMMAD, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 63. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 64. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 65. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 66. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 67. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 68. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 69. Peter WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
  • 70. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 71. Rafael ANDRIATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 72. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 73. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 74. Grega BOLE, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 75. Daniel PEARSON, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00
  • 76. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 77. Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 78. Jacopo MOSCA, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 79. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 80. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 81. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 82. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 83. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 84. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 85. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 86. Zhandos BIZHIGITOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 87. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 88. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 89. Michal GOLAS, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 90. Liam BERTAZZO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 91. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 92. Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :00
  • 93. Stefan DENIFL, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00
  • 94. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 95. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 96. Giuseppe FONZI, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :00
  • 97. Majid ALBALUSHI, UAE, at :00
  • 98. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 99. Mark CHRISTIAN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00
  • 100. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :22
  • 101. Nasser ALMEMARI, UAE, at :22
  • 102. Héctor CARRETERO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :22
  • 103. Amund Grondahl JANSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :24
  • 104. Gerd DE KEIJZER, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :30
  • 105. Mohammed almurawwi alblooshi, UAE, at :31
  • 106. Scott THWAITES, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :36
  • 107. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :36
  • 108. Saif Mayoof AL KAABI, UAE, at :36
  • 109. Matthew BRAMMEIER, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :36
  • 110. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :46
  • 111. Julien BERNARD, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :46
  • 112. Gregory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :46
  • 113. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :46
  • 114. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :46
  • 115. Alberto CECCHIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :50
  • 116. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :50
  • 117. Samuel WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 1:06
  • 118. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 1:44
  • 119. Kristian HOUSE, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 1:47
  • 120. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:05
  • 121. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:15
  • 122. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 2:15
  • 123. Nick DOUGALL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:19
  • 124. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:19
  • DNS Simone STERBINI, BARDIANI CSF

General classification

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 8:31:46
  • 2. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :08
  • 3. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at :13
  • 4. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :14
  • 5. Thomas STEWART, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :14
  • 6. Mark CAVENDISH, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :16
  • 7. Jakub MARECZKO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :16
  • 8. Yousef MIRZA BANIHAMMAD, UAE ABU DHABI, at :16
  • 9. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :16
  • 10. Peter WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :19
  • 11. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at :19
  • 12. John DEGENKOLB, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 13. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 14. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 15. Adam BLYTHE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :20
  • 16. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 17. Steele VON HOFF, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :20
  • 18. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 19. Andrew FENN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :20
  • 20. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 21. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 22. Marco MARONESE, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 23. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 24. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 25. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 26. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 27. Koen DE KORT, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 28. Matej MOHORIC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 29. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 30. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 31. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :20
  • 32. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 33. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 34. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :20
  • 35. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 36. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 37. Hayden MCCORMICK, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :20
  • 38. Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 39. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 40. Jan POLANC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 41. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 42. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :20
  • 43. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 44. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 45. Karol DOMAGALSKI, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :20
  • 46. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 47. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 48. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 49. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 50. Joshua HUNT, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :20
  • 51. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 52. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 53. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 54. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 55. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 56. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 57. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :20
  • 58. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 59. Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 60. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 61. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 62. Michal GOLAS, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 63. Simone VELASCO, BARDIANI CSF, at :20
  • 64. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :20
  • 65. Umberto POLI, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :20
  • 66. Daniel PEARSON, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :20
  • 67. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :20
  • 68. Jacopo MOSCA, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :20
  • 69. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 70. Rafael ANDRIATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :20
  • 71. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 72. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 73. Stephen CLANCY, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :20
  • 74. Grega BOLE, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 75. Zhandos BIZHIGITOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 76. Stefan DENIFL, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :20
  • 77. Mark CHRISTIAN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :20
  • 78. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 79. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 80. Giuseppe FONZI, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :20
  • 81. Ryan GIBBONS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :35
  • 82. Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :37
  • 83. Amund Grondahl JANSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :44
  • 84. Roberto FERRARI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :45
  • 85. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :56
  • 86. Matthew BRAMMEIER, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :56
  • 87. David PER, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:00
  • 88. Gregory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:06
  • 89. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:06
  • 90. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:06
  • 91. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:10
  • 92. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:20
  • 93. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:26
  • 94. Jaber ALMANSOORI, UAE, at 1:29
  • 95. Scott THWAITES, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:52
  • 96. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 1:57
  • 97. Majid ALBALUSHI, UAE, at 1:57
  • 98. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 2:04
  • 99. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:18
  • 100. Gerd DE KEIJZER, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 2:27
  • 101. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:35
  • 102. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:13
  • 103. Héctor CARRETERO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:26
  • 104. Julien BERNARD, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:30
  • 105. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 3:36
  • 106. Yousef ALMANSOORI, UAE, at 3:36
  • 107. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 3:36
  • 108. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 3:36
  • 109. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 3:36
  • 110. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 3:57
  • 111. Samuel WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 4:10
  • 112. Alberto CECCHIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 4:26
  • 113. Liam BERTAZZO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 4:47
  • 114. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:49
  • 115. Kristian HOUSE, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 5:18
  • 116. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 5:55
  • 117. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 5:59
  • 118. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 7:02
  • 119. Nick DOUGALL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 7:32
  • 120. Ahmed ALMANSORY, UAE, at 7:59
  • 121. Badr Mohamed Ahmed MOHAMED ALHAMMADI, UAE, at 7:59
  • 122. Nasser ALMEMARI, UAE, at 8:21
  • 123. Mohammed almurawwi alblooshi, UAE, at 8:30
  • 124. Saif Mayoof AL KAABI, UAE, at 8:35