Marcel Kittel takes his second stage win in Giro d'Italia

German sprinter Marcel Kittel edges out Ben Swift to take his second consecutive stage win in Ireland

Marcel Kittel beats Ben Swift to win stage three of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

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In what is becoming a recurring theme in this Giro d’Italia, Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) celebrated his 26th birthday with a stage win.

Victory wasn’t as straightforward as yesterday, as Sky’s Ben Swift – capitalising on an excellent lead out by Edvald Boasson Hagen, who himself finished fifth – led for most of the sprint, with the German only passing him in the final metres.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.