Arnhem - Germany sprint ace Marcel Kittel pulled off an impressive double coup on Sunday by winning his second stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia to claim the race leader's pink jersey.
Kittel claimed his first win of this year's edition with a dominant sprint finish on Saturday in Nijmegen, Holland.
On the third and final stage to be held in the Netherlands Sunday, the Etixx-Quickstep rider again proved unstoppable in a final dash to the finish line of the 190km race from Nijmegen, which saw the peloton chase down the last remnants of an early breakaway just 1km from the line.
Thanks to bonus seconds on offer at the finish, Kittel has taken the race lead from Giant-Alpecin rider Tom Dumoulin.
After a rest day on Monday, the race resumes on Tuesday's 200km fourth stage from Catanzaro to Praia a Mare in the south of Italy.
The race finishes in Turin on May 29.
1. Marcel Kittel (GER/ETI) 4h23min 45sec, 2. Elia Viviani (ITA/SKY) at same time, 3. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA/TRE) s.t., 4. Andr Greipel (GER/LOT) s.t., 5. Alexander Porsev (RUS/KAT) s.t., 6. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/DDT) s.t., 7. Moreno Hofland (NED/LNL) s.t., 8. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/FDJ) s.t., 9. Rick Zabel (GER/BMC) s.t., 10. Matej Mohoric (SLO/LAM) s.t.
1. Marcel Kittel (GER/ETI) 9h13min 10sec, 2. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) at 0:09, 3. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 0:15, 4. Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE/GIA) 0:17, 5. Moreno Moser (ITA/CAN) 0:21, 6. Bob Jungels (LUX/ETI) 0:22, 7. Matthias Brandle (AUT/IAM) 0:23, 8. Roger Kluge (GER/IAM) 0:25, 9. Chad Haga (USA/GIA) 0:25, 10. Georg Preidler (AUT/GIA) 0:26.