Caleb Ewan finished a respectable seventh place for Orica-GreenEDGE after the aggressive sprint to the line.

The 2016 Australian criterium champion jumped from wheel to wheel in the final few hundred metres after solid work from Sam Bewley and Luka Mezgec but could not quite break out of the bunch behind stage winner Kittel.

Sport director Matt White wasn’t surprised with how stage two panned out.

“As predicted it was a very hectic day,” said White. “It’s often like this on the first road stage of a Grand Tour especially with the incredible crowds that turned out today.”

“Caleb and the team did very well to hold their positions going into the finale and obviously we would have liked to have a better result.”

Kittel began his sprint early with more than 200 metres to go to the line but held off the bunch to take the victory. Ewan and Orica-GreenEDGE had to settle for seventh place after the 21-year-old found his path blocked in the final 50 metres.

“Caleb is a young developing rider. He is exceptionally talented and he will gain a lot of valuable experience in this race, hopefully we will get another a chance to contest the finish tomorrow.” - Matt White

Stage 3 travels 189 kilometres back to Arnhem from Nijmegen. Categorised as another flat stage with one or to slight lumps to negotiate it should turn out to be another day for the sprinters.