Kittel wins Scheldeprijs for 5th time

German takes sprint finish ahead of Viviani and Bouhanni

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) made his fifth career win in the Scheldeprijs look easy, taking out the sprint in Schoten from the front in a dominant fashion over Elia Viviani (Team Sky). Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was third.

The victory came after a late crash disrupted the peloton, but Kittel avoided the carnage, and had a perfect lead-out from teammate Matteo Trentin.

"It was fantastic work from the team, Tom Boonen was strong in the finale. I was happy he could help me so much. Fabio Sabatini was caught up in the crash, but Matteo Trentin was very good and very smart in the lead-out," Kittel said.

"I think it's now a pretty good record so far. Schoten feels a little bit like my living room. I'm always happy to win here again and to see the fantastic spectators. It's one of my favourite races," he said, confirming that he will forgo the Giro d'Italia. "I won't be in the Giro. Fernando [Gaviria] will be our sprinter there in the team. I will take some rest now and restart my training, and then ride the Tour of California as I build up to the Tour de France."

How it unfolded

Kittel's victory in the 105th edition of Scheldeprijs was somewhat overshadowed as Belgium celebrated the career of Tom Boonen, who toed the line on home soil for the final time before his impending retirement after Paris-Roubaix.

The race kicked off from his home town of Mol and all eyes were on 'Tommeke' as the peloton wound through his stomping grounds before his grandfather dropped the flag for kilometer 0.

Kittel was the top favourite for the race, but thanks to the attention on his teammate he was not stormed by the media when signing on. "It's a nice experience to be here with Tom Boonen. It's a great motivation too. It's also my last race for me with him. The pressure is on," Kittel said.

It wasn't long before a breakaway was established, with Roompot the most assertive in ensuring they were represented. Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) led the way with Marco Mathis (Katusha-Alpecin), Christophe Premont (Verandas Willems-Crelan), Stijn Steels (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Julien Stassen (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier-Triestina).

They were allowed a five minute lead after 52km, as Boonen soaked up the adoration of his fans. Quick-Step Floors came moved forward to keep the gap under control. After two hours of racing the gap was down to three minutes and it kept dropping until the race reached the halfway point and the feed zone.

The gap went down to 2:15 at 80 kilometres from the finish but then the chase calmed down. Riders from Cofidis, Lotto-Soudal, LottoNL-Jumbo and Team Sky joined Quick-Step in front of the peloton, all having fast men in their ranks.
Nevertheless, the gap increased again up to nearly three minutes at 70 kilometres from the finish.

At the first of three passages of the finish in Schoten, the advantage for the leaders was down to 1:40. For the usual suspects in the northern classics, there was no pressure. Luke Rowe (Team Sky) was working in front of the peloton while world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was picking up bottles for his teammates at the team car. André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) flatted when the peloton was racing at high speed but the experienced German rider never panicked.

The pace in the peloton never eased off completely and at 38 kilometres from the finish the gap dropped under the minute.

Ligthart accelerated to try and breathe some new life into the fading escape, but only served to shake Premont loose, and soon Mathis was distanced, too.

Zhupa took the lead on the penultimate traverse of the cobbled Broekstraat, and distanced everyone but Ligthart - but two against an increasingly energized peloton was not enough. They were reeled in with 19km to go, and the sprinters' teams kept the pace high to discourage any further attacks.

Boonen himself came to the fore of the Quick-Step train with 7km to go to keep the pace high for Kittel, but FDJ, Bora-Hansgrohe and Sunweb challenged for control of the front.

A crash with 4km to go near the front of the group took down a huge number of riders and delaying Greipel, but Sagan was fortunate to have avoided the mayhem. But he pulled off the front soon after, happy to finish the race risk-free.

Sky led into the final turn for Viviani, but Quick-Step was on the wheel with Kittel tucked into a perfect position. He took the sprint from the front and easily cruised to his fifth career win in the race.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors4:35:25 
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
5Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
6Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
8Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
10Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
12Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
13Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
14Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:02 
15Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
16Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac  
17Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
18Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
19Erwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
20Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:00:05 
21Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
22Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
23Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
24Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:07 
25Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
26Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
27Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
28Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
30Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
31Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac  
32Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
33Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
34Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
35Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:00:12 
36Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ0:00:13 
37Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
38Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
39Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
40Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
41Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
42Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:20 
43Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
44Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
45Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:22 
46Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:24 
47Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:00:27 
48Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
49Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
50Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:32 
51Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:34 
52Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:00:48 
53Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ  
54Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data  
55Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:01:06 
56Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:24 
57Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
58Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
59Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
60Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:01:28 
61Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:30 
62Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb  
63Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
64Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:01:37 
65Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
66Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:43 
67Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:56 
68Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
69Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
70Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
71Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
72Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
73Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
74Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Lawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
76Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
77Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
78Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
79Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
80Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida  
81Ludovic Robeet (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
82Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
83Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
84Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Ion Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
86Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
87Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
88Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
89Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
90Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
91Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
92Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
93Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
94Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
95Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
96Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:04 
97Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:45 
98Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:10 
99Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
100Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina  
101Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:03:25 
102Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
103Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
104Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb  
105Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
106Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
107Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
108Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
109Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:36 
110Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
111Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:49 
112Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
113Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
114Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
115Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
116Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
117Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data0:04:24 
118Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:55 
119Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
120Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
121Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo  
122Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:05:25 
123Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:05:26 
124Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team  
125Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
126Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
127Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
128Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
129Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
130Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
131Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
132Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
133Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
134Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
135Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
136Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
137Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
138Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac  
139Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
140Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:06:11 
141Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:06:22 
142Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:24 
143Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:26 
144Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
145Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
146Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
147Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
148Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
149Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
150William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac  
151Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
152Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:09:51 
153Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:11:05 
154Christophe Prémont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:13:26 
155Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFDanny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky  
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFPeter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFPhil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
DNFDimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFMads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFTruls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
DNFStef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  

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