Birthday boy Kittlel claims Giro sprint finish in Dublin
Marcel Kittel followed yesterday’s stage victory to claim the sprint finish in Dublin city centre today.
After a tight finish it was 26 year-old Kittel who prevailed, holding off the close attentions of Ben Swift for Team Sky and Elia Viviani of Cannondale to win by half a wheel.
Kittel collapsed off his bike at the finish but will reflect on a more than satisfactory three days in Ireland as the tour heads to Italy.
“It was close,” the stage winner conceded.
“Actually I thought I lost the race already because I was really in a not good position, but when I saw the finish line I thought, 'You don't give up now, you give everything you have.' I'm so happy that it was still enough.”
Michael Matthews of Orica GreenEdge retained the pink jersey with an eight-second overall lead over Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).