World Champion second as Frenchman celebrates

France's Arnaud Démare won the second stage of the Eneco cycle race. In Vorst (Brussels), he beat the Belgian World Champion Philippe Gilbert in an uphill sprint. Démare also snatches the leader's jersey from Australia's Mark Renshaw, who was confronted with a puncture in the final kilometres and couldn't compete with the others.

The race included some hills like the Alsemberg. The hilly final was too much Tour de France hero Marcel Kittel, who had difficulty to follow the pace. In the final sprint, Gilbert started in first position, but he was beaten by an impressive Arnaud Démare who won with ease.

Gilbert could withstand an effort by the American Belgian Tyler Farrar to keep second place. Démare is the new race leader. The 21-year-old sprint sensation of the FDJ-team holds a 3-second advantage over Renshaw. Gilbert is in third place, 4 seconds behind.

The Eneco stage race comes to an end on Sunday and includes stages in the Netherlands and Belgium.