Header photo credit: CorVos
Sam Welsford and Casper van Uden helped light up the finale of Scheldeprijs from the lead group to eventually cross the line third and fourth after an impressive fight right to the finish.
The first half of the race set the tone and layout for what was to come with crosswinds early in the day splitting the race. Team DSM were always well represented at the front of affairs with initially Welsford, van Uden and Cees Bol in the front split with around 100 kilometres to go before Bol unfortunately punctured out of the front group.
The leaders, 13 in total, pressed on ahead working well and held their advantage on a similar sized chase group containing Tobias Lund Andresen. However the advantage went to the leaders as the chase faltered behind, seeing the gap grow to over two minutes inside the final 20 kilometres. It wasn’t soon after that the attacks started to fly in the lead group with Welsford and van Uden taking it in turns to both cover moves and attack.
With Kristoff going clear and staying away in the final few kilometres, Welsford fought hard to the line to take third with van Uden putting in a strong effort right to the finish to take fourth rounding out a strong day from the team at Scheldeprijs following Lorena Wiebes victory earlier in the day.
|1||KRISTOFF Alexander||Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux||4:06:02||200|
|2||VAN POPPEL Danny||BORA - hansgrohe||0:24||150|
|3||WELSFORD Sam||Team DSM||,,||125|
|4||VAN UDEN Casper||Team DSM||0:26||100|
|17||ANDRESEN Tobias Lund||Team DSM||3:32||5|
|1005||DAINESE Alberto||Team DSM||-04:06:02||-|
|1005||BOL Cees||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||DENZ Nico||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||MÄRKL Niklas||Team DSM||,,||-|