The new route of the Scheldeprijs for the expected alcoholic drinks provided. Impellers, crashes and a peloton of favorites that of course was taken after ignoring a level crossing. And a battle-weary Marcel Kittel, who could not return after a flat tire. And so won the 21-year-old Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen after a chaotic final sprint without favorites. Number 24 for the forces of Lefevere.
The start in Terneuzen had for a little more tension in the Scheldeprijs. Well, that worked out well. The winds on the islands of Zeeland made sure that several fans were pulled. Marcel Kittel, the victim of a flat tire, seemed to be the child of the account to be but his Katusha team mates, ensured that the German defending champion again in the front could integrate.
The fans also gave the dreaded cases, luck, not much. Front tried Katusha now to take advantage of the wind. Again, it came to a small crack, but one with large consequences. The first peloton passed just a railroad crossing, a group with more favorites Démare and Groenewegen saw the traffic lights on red jumps and the barriers fell. The group decided, in the absence of a UCI member of the jury, for by the railway to slip through. The UCI jury had, however, the images are seen and could not be otherwise than the riders completely go off course to take. This was not done without a struggle, or garland, Tony Martin and Arnaud Démare tried in vain by the mesh of the net to slip.
HERE you can READ more of the incidents along the way
Besides, it is not the first time that riders will be excluded after ignoring a level crossing. In Paris-Roubaix 2006, the trio of Hoste-Goesev-Ballan from the results are deleted because they are behind the breakaway, Fabian Cancellara to a railroad crossing ignored. In 2015, it slipped again a group of riders through a transition. This time it came not to a disqualification.
As if that wasn’t enough, there appeared, just like last Sunday in the Tour of Flanders is still a car in the peloton. Also here remained the consequences, fortunately, limited to what is swearing and ranting.
Those who do are still legal in the exchange rate should continue to: Marcel Kittel. Also Quick-Step had are two young spurters Hodeg and Jakobsen along the front, like four teammates. They played only the Italian Martinelli lost. Are pelotonnetje came quickly to a group of early escapees with Sean De Bie, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Jonas Rickaert. Katusha had now, however, the whole event check and that led to multiple vluchtpogingen. The Canadian Duchesne and the Welsh Owain Doull got the space but also they were there ultimately for the effort.
The local laps in Schoten accounted for interest as a result of punctures of Alvaro Hodeg and also… Marcel Kittel. The German got very fast a new front wheel but to éénieders surprise gave the German is not the impression quickly to the peloton to be able to return. The German threw after the cobbles of the Broekstraat final in the towel.
And so we got a sprint without favorites. Quick-Step brought the Dutchman’s excellent in position and he made it also governed.