Often dubbed as the “unofficial world championships for sprinters”, today’s edition of Scheldeprijs would see the riders tackle just over 200 kilometres from Borsele to Schoten. Strong winds would see the race blown to bits early on but as the direction of the route changed and the riders headed towards the final circuit around Schoten, the peloton regrouped with all Team Sunweb riders represented.
The focal point of the local circuit is the 1700m long stretch of cobbles known as Broekstraat, which ends with only seven kilometres to go in the day. A crash in the bunch during the last lap saw some hesitation within the peloton and Boasson Hagen launched a solo counter attack. However, with the sprint teams reorganised behind, everything was back together in the final three kilometres. Cees Bol brought Max Walscheid to the front coming under the flamme rouge, with the German rider well positioned at the head of the peloton. As things slowed down a little into the headwind finish, some riders jumped early from behind but Walscheid did well to move out and deliver a powerful sprint, coming home in second place.