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Kittel wins the 2014 Scheldeprijs

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Giant-Shimano sprinter takes third consecutive victory in Schoten

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) made the rest of the sprinters look as if they were glued to the tarmac, hitting out early in the bunch kick to win the Scheldeprijs over Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing).

Omega Pharma-Quickstep did the lion's share of the lead-out, working for Italian Alessandro Petacchi, but it was Kittel who profited, using the tailwind to power away from Petacchi, who faded back to fourth.

It is Kittel's third straight victory in the Belgian classic.

“It really means a lot for me to win here for the third time, especially after a superb job by my teammates," Kittel said.

“I knew that I could go early at the end as we had a tailwind. My plan was to jump 280m from the line and after perfect preparation for the sprint this was made possible. We showed today that we are one of the top teams – we stayed calm and finished the job perfectly. I’m really happy.”

For Tyler Farrar, the 2010 winner of the race and runner-up from 2012, second place was the best possible outcome when up against Kittel, but is yet another sign he is regaining the kind of speed that he was missing in 2013.

"There's no place to begin with Kittel," Farrar told Sporza. "His sprint is on another level. I always want to win, but I'm also happy with second place. We know how strong Giant-Shimano is. They have the best train this season.

"The team did everything possible to put me on Kittel's wheel. I'm proud of them, but I could do nothing against Kittel. But this was a good spring for me, with even a second in Dwars door Vlaanderen."

Danny Van Poppel (Trek) also showed his speed is on the rise, sneaking past Petacchi to get third. The result follows his victory on stage 1 of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen earlier this year, and chalks his name up with the best of the peloton's bunch sprinters.

"I came close to Farrar, but with Kittel, as is so often the case, I could not begin to overcome Kittel, and knew then that I would not sprint for the win. But I am very happy with a third place in such a big race. This is a very successful outcome. "

How it unfolded

Three days after a tumultuous Ronde van Vlaanderen the Scheldeprijs offered a chance for the big guns to spin out their legs from the cobbles, while the sprinters received a chance to add a Classic on their palmarès.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) won the two previous editions and started a big favourite since Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) could not start due to illness and injury, respectively.

The 102nd edition of the Scheldeprijs departed from the MAS-museum of Antwerp in pleasant, sunny conditions, but a cold wind from the west reminded the riders approaching the sign-on podium that they were not there to catch some sun.

Soon after the start three riders tried their luck. The group included Daniel Summerhill (United Healthcare) but the peloton didn't let them go. A bit later Summerhill’s teammate Alessandro Bazzana had more luck. He was joined by Luke Rowe (Sky), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana), Jan Ghyselinck (Wanty – Groupe Robert), Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli) and Ivan Balykin (Rusvelo). Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar) tried to bridge across but fell short as the six worked well together and created a lead of more than five minutes.

The Belkin and AG2R team did most of the work in the peloton and brought the gap back down after the first hour of racing. While approaching the first feed zone halfway through the race the speed in the peloton was high. Several riders landed in a group behind the peloton, featuring many names who focused on Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix like Bernhard Eisel (Sky), Thor Hushovd (BMC), Nick Nuyens (Garmin-Sharp), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Stijn Vandenbergh (omega Pharma – Quick-Step). By that time the gap on the six leaders was down to just over a minute but a closed railway crossing turned things around. The peloton arrived as the crossing opened again but the race jury offered the six attackers back their original lead and – according to Sporza - an additional bonus. Meanwhile the riders in the dropped group managed to take back their position in the peloton.

After the railway crossing FDJ.fr, Giant-Shimano and Belkin led the peloton at a more steady pace and the breakaway group gained back a lead of three minutes. In the following fifty kilometres the gap went up and down between three minutes and 1:30 when hitting the cobbles of the Broekstraat a first time, just before hitting the local circuit of 16.4 kilometres. After the first loop the gap was down to 2:22. The FDJ.fr team and Omega Pharma-Quickstep did most of the work in the peloton and one loop later there were only 1:35 left between the leaders and the peloton.

At 11km from the finish Rowe accelerated in the lead group while Boonen pulled hard in the peloton, bringing the gap down to one minute.

Rowe was brought back by the breakaway, as Fedi tried his chances, but by 2.4km to go all of the leaders were absorbed, setting up the big bunch sprint.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4:33:53  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp    
3 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
5 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura    
6 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
8 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
9 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar    
10 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling    
11 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Androni Giocattoli    
12 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
13 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
14 Leonid Krasnov (Rus) RusVelo    
15 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha    
16 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
17 Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
18 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
19 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
20 Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
21 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr    
22 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
23 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
24 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
25 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
26 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo    
27 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team    
28 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
29 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale    
30 Steele von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp    
31 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
32 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp    
33 Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
34 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
35 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
36 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
37 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling    
38 Kevyn Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling    
39 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
40 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
41 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing    
42 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale    
43 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
44 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha 0:00:09  
45 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:11  
46 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling 0:00:15  
47 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
48 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano    
49 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp    
50 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale    
51 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
52 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
53 Daniele Colli (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
54 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:00:21  
55 Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22  
56 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
57 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:00:25  
58 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
59 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:27  
60 Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
61 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
62 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar    
63 Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
64 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
65 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
66 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
67 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale    
68 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr    
69 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
70 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale    
71 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr    
72 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
73 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha    
74 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling    
75 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
76 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
77 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Sky    
78 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
79 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
80 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale    
81 Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura    
82 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
83 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
84 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
85 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
86 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
87 Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling    
88 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
89 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
90 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing    
91 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha    
92 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale    
93 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing    
94 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
95 Luigi Miletta (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
96 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp - Endura    
97 Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
98 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
99 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling    
100 Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol    
101 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura    
102 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
103 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:37  
104 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:00:40  
105 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura    
106 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:55  
107 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:00:59  
108 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
109 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky    
110 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
111 Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
112 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:15  
113 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:27  
114 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
115 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
116 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha    
117 Andrea Fedi (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:01:38  
118 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
119 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:01:42  
120 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp    
121 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    
122 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura 0:01:58  
123 Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo 0:02:01  
124 Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:02:14  
125 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky    
126 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:28  
127 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:27  
128 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
129 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:04:32  
130 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
131 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
132 Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
133 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr    
134 Samuele Conti (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
135 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr    
136 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
137 Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo    
138 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
139 Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo    
140 Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo    
141 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky    
142 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky    
143 Edward King (USA) Cannondale 0:04:45  
144 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
145 Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
146 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
147 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo    
148 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
149 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team    
150 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky    
151 Ji Cheng (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano    
152 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha    
153 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp 0:04:49  
154 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
155 Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
156 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
157 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky    
158 Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
159 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
160 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
161 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
162 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
163 Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
164 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Team Europcar    
165 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr    
166 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha    
167 Yohann Gène (Fra) Team Europcar    
168 Björn Thurau (Ger) Team Katusha    
169 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
170 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar    
171 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
172 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha    
173 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNS Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Dennis van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    
DNF Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka