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Skil-Shimano?s Paul Martens took over as race leader of the Ster Elektrotoer after winning Thursday?s second stage which finished on the Cauberg climb ? famous for being the final ascent of the Amstel Gold Race. The second-year German pro outgunned Maarten Wynants of the Quick Step squad in a four-up sprint for his biggest win since taking a stage of the Tour of Luxemberg last year..

Britain?s Mark Cavendish finished, as he put it to CW after the stage, ?a good way behind the main bunch. I lost contact on a climb with the peloton and then hammered it in the grupetto for a good while. But we never caught up again.?

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