One day racing in Belgium continued today at Scheldeprijs, otherwise known as the unofficial sprinters world championships. This year due to restrictions, the race took place on the traditional finishing lap circuit in and around the town of Schoten.
It was a fierce start to the race with a big fight to get into the day’s breakaway that took almost two laps of the race to form. Eventually a nine rider group broke clear, with all Team Sunweb riders in the peloton. Due to the size and the strength of the breakaway group the gap was never allowed to extend to more than two minutes, with the bunch keeping them on a tight leash. This resulted in a high pace which caused some crashes in the bunch, which unfortunately saw key lead out men Casper Pedersen and Alberto Dainese stop the race early.
Heading into the finish there was an intense battle for position at the front of the bunch, with the team working to bring designated sprinter Max Kanter forward in the finale. However, they found themselves blocked in on the narrow roads and were unable to bring Kanter right to the front of the peloton. As the sprint opened up in the final few hundred metres, a crash forced Kanter to break and swerve, which put an end to any top ten challenge for him and the team.
|1||EWAN Caleb||Lotto Soudal||3:34:38||200|
|2||BONIFAZIO Niccolò||Team Total Direct Energie||,,||150|
|3||COQUARD Bryan||B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM||,,||125|
|17||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||,,||5|
|58||NIEUWENHUIS Joris||Team Sunweb||0:27||-|
|59||BOL Cees||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|106||MÄRKL Niklas||Team Sunweb||1:05||-|
|124||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team Sunweb||1:15||-|
|DNF||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||-||-|
|DNF||PEDERSEN Casper||Team Sunweb||,,||-|