Kristoff wins yet again in Scheldeprijs

Norwegian unbeatable in crash-marred sprint

Scheldeprijs followed the recent form guide of the spring Classics, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) winning the sprint finish ahead of Edward Theuns (Topsport) and Yauheni Hutarovich (Bretagne-Séché Environnement). 

The race was marred by a huge crash inside the final two kilometres with the majority of the field caught up or blocked by the carnage. However, that was inconsequential to Kristoff who opened a commanding sprint inside the final 150 meters to follow up on his Tour of Flanders success.

Kristoff and his Katusha team have been unbeatable in recent weeks, with Luca Paolini claiming Gent-Wevelgem and Kristoff a winner in the Three Days of De Panne before his Ronde triumph.

“It's unbelievable how the team is going. They worked really hard for me again today to pull it back for the sprint,” he told Sporza at the finish.

His win in Scheldeprijs had an air of inevitability about it. With Mark Cavendish, Andre Griepel, and Marcel Kittel all missing from the start list, Kristoff started as the favourite but there would have been little any of the notable absentees could have done against a rider in such form.

Even when his team faltered and left him isolated in the final two kilometres, the Norwegian had the confidence - there’s almost a swagger to his riding now – to position himself at the back of FDJ’s train before dipping his shoulder and coming through for the win.

“We came maybe a little too far with 1 to 2km to go. Then they did a good job to bring me to the front. In the last 500 meters, I was in perfect position and I could start when I want. I felt quite tired, because we had to use a lot of energy to get into position the last two kilometres. I was not really sure, but at the end I saw I had nobody to come past. It's a great feeling.”

The late crash that saw a number of the field crash had reduced the lead group to less than twenty riders with the vast majority of the peloton held up and forced to wait.

How it unfolded

Sandwiched between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix they say that Scheldeprijs offers the sprinters a chance of success on the cobbles – a reward for the hardships they have been put through over the climbs of northern Belgium.

However the three fastest men of their generation, in Cavendish, Kittel and Griepel were absent when the race left Antwerp under blue skies. Their loss was a gain for their rivals with Peter Sagan hunting for his second win of the season and the unstoppable Kristoff looking to maintain his purple patch of form.

Little wonder then when both Tinkoff Saxo and Katusha set about dismantling the advantage set by the early break after an hour of racing.

Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis), Matteo Busato (Southeast), Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Huub Duyn (Roompot), and Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare) had escaped just before the thirty kilometre point and established a lead of over four minutes by the time Kristoff’s and Sagan’s cavalry arrived.

The response was effective but slow releasing, the gap decreasing before it lay at just a minute with 20 kilometres remaining. At this point a number of other squads had sprung into action with Astana, Etixx-QuickStep and Team Sky showing noticeable intent at the head of the peloton.

De Vreese and Duyn fired off one last do-or-die attack with four kilometres remaining the advantage had been wiped out and the peloton looked set for a bunch sprint.

That all changed with just over a kilometre remaining when the battle for position proved too much with a touch of wheels leading to a major crash near the front of the field. The well positioned and the lucky made it through but Kristoff needs little help these days.

Next up for Kristoff and Katusha is Paris-Roubaix – a race where the Norwegian has struggled in the past.

“I hope I can keep this winning streak going, but Roubaix is a different race. I've struggled there before. I don't think I’m the biggest favourite, because I've never performed too well there, but I will try.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha4:30:10 
2Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
3Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
4Marc Sarreau (Fra)  
5Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
6Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
7Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
8Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka  
10Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
11Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
12Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
13Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
14John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
15Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:08 
16Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:11 
17Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step  
18Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:17 
19Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:24 
20Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
21Tom De Vriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
23Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
24Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
25Barry Markus (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
26Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
27Ralf Matzka (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
28Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:31 
29André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot0:00:38 
30Oliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
31Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:42 
32Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
33Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
34David Boucher (Fra)  
35Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
36Alexandre Geniez (Fra)  
37Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
39Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:00:47 
40Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
41Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:00:53 
42Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:56 
43Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
44Wesley Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot  
45Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:03 
46Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:06 
47Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
48Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:09 
49Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:16 
50Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
51Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
52Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
53Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
54Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
55Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team Roompot  
56Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
57Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
58Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:23 
59Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
60Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
61Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal  
62Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
63Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
64Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra)  
65Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
66Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:29 
67Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
68Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:32 
69Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
70Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
71Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
72Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
73Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
74Antonio Viola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:43 
75Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
76Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:46 
77Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
78Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:49 
79Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Tim Kerkhof (Ned) Team Roompot  
81Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Team Roompot  
82Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
83Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
84James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
85Arnaud Courteille (Fra)  
86Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast Pro Cycling  
87Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
88Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
89Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:59 
90Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:05 
91Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
93Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
94Julien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar  
95Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
96Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
97Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
98Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
99Edward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
100Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:12 
101Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:02:16 
102Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:18 
103Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
104Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:32 
105Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
106Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
107Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
108Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:35 
109Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
110Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:39 
111Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
112Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
113Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
114Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
115Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:45 
116Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:03:02 
117Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Team Roompot0:03:11 
118Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot  
119Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Roompot  
120Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:23 
121Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
122Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:26 
123Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
124Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
125Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
126Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
127Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
128Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
129Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
130Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka  
131Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
132Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
133Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
134Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:03:40 
135Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:57 
136Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
137Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
138Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
139Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
140Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
141Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
142Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:04:04 
143Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:12 
144Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  
145Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
146Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
147Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
148Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
149Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:18 
150Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
151Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
152Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
153Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
154Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
155Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
156Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:04:25 
157Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
158Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:04:36 
159Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:50 
160Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:05:22 
161Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
162Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
163Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:05:33 
164Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha0:05:36 
165Samuele Conti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
166Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
167Frantisek Padour (Cze) Androni Giocattoli  
168Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
169Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
170Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
171Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:45 
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFClément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFTiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFFrederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFKen Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFAndrea Dal Col (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFTom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFRobert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNSGiorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  

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