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.
|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||,,||-|