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Kittel sprints to win Scheldeprijs

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Brecht Decaluwé

Cavendish finishes in second place ahead of Markus

Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano) has won Scheledprijs for the second straight year.

Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano) has won Scheledprijs for the second straight year.

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Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano) prevailed in a hectic sprint finale to win the Scheldeprijs for a second straight year. Three-time champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) finished in second place, denied a chance for a record fourth Scheldeprijs victory, while Barry Markus (Vacansoleil-DCM) rounded out the podium in third place.

Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) crossed the line in fourth and fifth respectively in a sprint finale in which no single team was able to assert its authority.

"Because I was the winner of last year's edition, everybody, including myself, expected that I would repeat the trick," said Kittel. "Plus, we really made a goal of it after De Panne as well, so I felt some pressure. But right from the start I felt pretty good and I had a lot of faith in a positive outcome. The guys helped me throughout the whole race to save my energy.

"In the end no team was able to do a very good lead-out. I thought I was boxed in, but Tom Veelers found me and brought me back to the front and did the lead-out perfectly. I started to sprint and thought somebody would pass me, but no one did and I took the victory!"

Kittel was particularly pleased with the result, having had a bad patch of results due to illness.

"I am super happy with this win, as the season has already had some ups and downs," said Kittel. "After Paris-Nice I got sick and had the flu, and the Driedaagse De Panne, which was a big goal for me, didn't go well, as I was not in top shape. During that race I regained my form, though, and I was really focused on taking the win in the Scheldeprijs.

"This is absolutely great, but I have to say that without the teamwork we had today, I couldn't have done it."

Cavendish was sullen after the finish, ruing what might have been as his lead-out train derailed in the approach to the line. "I came from about 20 [places] back with 200 [metres] to go. I was too far back," said Cavendish of the sprint finish. "The whole day we rode so well until the last kilometres."

Cavendish chasing history

At the start in chilly and windy Antwerp, Mark Cavendish gained the most attention when lining up next to the MAS museum. With a fourth win in Schoten 204km away, the Manxman had the chance of becoming the sole record holder.

After rolling out of Antwerp, the peloton dealt with a headwind which blunted the initial average speed. Nine riders would form the early escape, comprised of Grégory Rast (RadioShack-Leopard), Matthew Brammeier and Mart Ojavee (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Jacobus Venter (MTN-Qhubeka), Kenneth Van Bilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Stefano Borchi (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), Arman Kamyshev (Astana), Christopher Juul Jensen (Saxo Bank) and Koen Barbe (Crelan-Euphony).

After 50km of racing, echelons were formed in the peloton due to the crosswinds and several riders were involved in crashes with Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) and Bernard Eisel (Sky) being amongst the victims.

The front part of the peloton kept the pace high and eventually closed the gap to the nine leaders with approximately 85km remaining. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team was well-represented by seven riders in this front group of approximately 40 riders. Eventually a second and third part of the peloton bridged back up to the front and the pace dropped back down.

Three riders took advantage of this momentary cease-fire to attack: Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Matthew Brammeier (Champion System) and Stefano Borchi (Vini Fantini), the latter two men also present in the early move of nine riders.

The trio pushed out a lead of more than three minutes on the peloton but when reaching the three local laps of 16.5 kilometres each, it was clear the peloton was in total control. Just before hitting the penultimate lap, everything was back together in front.

Team Argos-Shimano, Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Lotto Belisol were prominent at the front of the peloton when the final lap commenced. The Blanco team lost a valuable man with 14km to go when Graeme Brown flatted while Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Team Sky continued to set the pace.

Heading into the final kilometre Team Argos-Shimano and Lotto Belisol had dueling lead-out trains at the fore, but the organisation soon fractured creating a typically frantic finale in Schoten.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 4:41:00  
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
3 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha    
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
7 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
8 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
9 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
10 Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
11 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
12 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
13 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
14 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Ag2R La Mondiale    
15 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
16 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
17 Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
18 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
19 Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo    
20 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
21 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
22 Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
23 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
24 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
25 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
26 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
27 Kevin Claeys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
28 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ    
29 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
30 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
31 Michele Merlo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
32 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
33 Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
34 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
35 Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
36 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
37 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp    
38 Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
39 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
40 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ    
41 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
42 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
43 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
44 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
45 Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo    
46 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
47 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Movistar Team    
48 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
49 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
50 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
51 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
52 Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
53 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha    
54 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
55 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
56 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
57 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ    
58 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha    
59 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
60 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
61 Joeri Bueken (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
62 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
63 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
64 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ    
65 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
66 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano    
67 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
68 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
69 Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
70 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
71 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
72 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:08  
73 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
74 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ    
75 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ    
76 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
77 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
78 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard    
79 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
80 Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin-Sharp    
81 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
82 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
83 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
84 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
85 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
86 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
87 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha    
88 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
89 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
90 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
91 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
92 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:24  
93 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ    
94 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
95 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
96 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
97 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
98 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
99 Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
100 Luigi Miletta (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
101 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
102 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
103 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
104 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
105 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
106 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
107 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:33  
108 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:44  
109 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:46  
110 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
111 Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2R La Mondiale    
112 Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
113 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
114 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
115 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
116 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
117 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
118 Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
119 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling    
120 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
121 Gedimias Bagdonas (Ltu) Ag2R La Mondiale    
122 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
123 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha    
124 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
125 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team    
126 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale    
127 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
128 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha    
129 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
130 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
131 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha    
132 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
133 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
134 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
135 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
136 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
137 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:01:06  
138 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:30  
139 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
140 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:31  
141 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
142 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
143 Jéröme Gilbert (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:01:51  
144 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:55  
145 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) RusVelo    
146 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
147 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
148 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo    
149 Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
150 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:57  
151 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
152 Robert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:15  
153 Graeme Brown (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
154 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
155 Stefano Borchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:28  
156 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
157 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
158 Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
159 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
160 Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
161 Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo    
162 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo    
163 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
164 Rick Flens (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
165 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
166 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNS Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ    
DNS Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF André Schulze (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha    
DNF Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
DNF Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard    
DNF Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Pieter Van Herck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Valery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team