The second stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk was won by Marcel Kittel, who also won stage one. Our favorite was also in the mix and was on the attack until deep in the finale. “Now I'm tired,” Styby admitted.
Today the peloton rode from Douai to Iwuy in a 160km stage that featured two climbs. “But there wasn't much racing,” Zdenek said. “It was pretty quiet until 50km from the finish.”
A group of four rode up front until the local circuits, when a big group of 13 took over. “And I was there. And big names like Luca Paolini and Filippo Pozzato were there too, which made us believe the break could succeed.”
“Unfortunately, Paolini got a flat after a 1.5km section of cobbles. We were caught under the 5km arch and my stage was over.” Styby ended up finishing in the middle of the peloton in 63rd.
Despite the missed opportunity our man was still satisfied. “It was very pleasant. I enjoyed it, but now I'm tired.”