Race report

Hard and fast day of racing at Scheldeprijs

Scheldeprijs

Rolling out from Terneuzen this afternoon for the race known as the unofficial sprinters world championships, Scheldeprijs, the peloton was immediately met with strong winds and open roads. A nervous bunch saw lots of crashes and several splits, yet again. The pace remained high and with a few groups still caught behind, the race split for good heading towards the final circuit.

Cees Bol rode strongly to make the front group of around 25 riders after initially being caught in the second group after it split, while Alberto Dainese and Casper van Uden were in the peloton behind, policing the chase. As the kilometres ticked by the gap reduced ever so slightly to around 1 minute and 45 seconds where it stabilised, and although it fell a little more, it became clear that Bol’s group would go on to contest the finish.

Heading into the final kilometres Bol latched himself onto the back of the other team’s lead outs, but when the sprint started he just ran out of legs to compete for a top result at the line after spending a lot of energy to bridge the groups earlier in the race.

“It was a hard race today,” explained Bol at the finish. “I was in the second echelon and we had to chase hard to come back. I tried to position myself for the sprint but I was fully cramping when the sprint opened up. I’m quite disappointed to not have the legs to go for a result but that’s the way it is. Hopefully, I will come back stronger next time and in my next races for the team.”

Team DSM coach Phil West added: “Our plan was to bring Cees into a forward position for the final on the finishing circuit. We anticipated that the race might be in two parts; with the first a crosswind battle on the narrow, open sections for the first 120 kilometres, before the technical circuit in Schoten. Early on the race was in several groups and we managed to place Cees into the front of the race well, but unfortunately he was a bit isolated there. He positioned himself around the other teams going into the final but just didn’t have the legs left to go for a top result in the end.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 PHILIPSEN Jasper Alpecin-Fenix 4:03:30 200
2 BENNETT Sam Deceuninck - Quick Step ,, 150
3 CAVENDISH Mark Deceuninck - Quick Step ,, 125
20 BOL Cees Team DSM ,, 5
58 DAINESE Alberto Team DSM 1:21 -
1005 MÄRKL Niklas Team DSM -04:03:30 -
1005 SALMON Martin Team DSM ,, -
1005 VAN UDEN Casper Team DSM ,, -
1005 ARNDT Nikias Team DSM ,, -