The 107 th edition of the Scheldeprijs had a strange gradient. The wind in Zealand caused as expected a hard match but against everyone’s expectation ran on Belgian soil almost everything together again. And so it was to good tradition sprints as well on the Schotense Churchilllaan. There showed the Dutchman, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick Step) is by far the best.
The respect for what there was on the program, fell in the afternoon in the Zeeuws-Flemish Terneuzen to read from the faces of many riders. Through the Westerschelde tunnel awaited them, the wind and the polders of Zeeland. And that invited them to waaiervorming. Still a blessing for the riders that the organizers in Zealand often for narrow dikes had chosen. Dangerous, yes, but less opportunities for fans.
Yet they came. The peloton tore, ran together and tore again. More than a hundred miles was there gekoerst at a blistering pace. And that made for victims: five-fold winner Marcel Kittel, for example. The German tried in abundance to rates but paid a price. The sprinter of Katusha-Alpecin was on one of the many dikes mercilessly from the wheels driven. Especially BORA hansgrohe, in the service of sprinter Pascal Ackermann, kept the peloton under pressure.
But once the ” crosswind sensitive’ zone behind the choose – still sixty miles to go – walked the first two impellers yet again. Even range three – with Marcel Kittel – came back in the first platoon to join. Would it be a sixth victory books.
What followed was a closed competition in the direction of Shots. Kenneth Vanbilsen and Dries De Bondt had the encourage of service that even before the peloton went uitreden. At the first passage at the finish line – with still 34 miles to go – had the duo has 1’20” ahead of a controlling peloton.
Dries De Bondt about the longest, but on something more than ten kilometers from the finish, he was also aware for the effort. Boasson Hagen took over the attack, followed by Lionel Taminiaux, last weekend still the winner of a one day race in France. Our compatriot took eagerly, but was a mile further on again, sound from the wheels driven. Painful! Boasson Hagen turned first to the cobbles of the Broekstraat on but Sky for Halvorson and Bora for Ackermann kept the pace tight. Still ran the difference on to sixteen seconds, the signal for Deceuninck – Quick Step to the throttle fully open to run. A unequal fight, three kilometers from the finish, was also the strong Norwegian it for the effort. Sprint, therefore, and therein showed Fabio Jakobsen is masterfully the fastest.