Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) made it two in a row Friday at the Circuit Franco-Belge.
Just a day after winning the opening stage of the four-day race across the French-Belgian border, Farrar kicked his way to his 10th win on the 2009 season.
Farrar won ahead of Alexandre Usov (Cofidis) in the 225.7km second stage from Maubeuge, France to Poperinge, Belgium, with French rider Jimmy Casper (Chausson-Sojasun) coming across the line third.
Farrar will carry the race leader’s jersey into Saturday’s third stage. He leads Belgian Kris Boeckmans by 12 seconds with Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) tied with Usov in third at 14 seconds back.