Jakobsen repeats in Scheldeprijs

Deceuninck-Quickstep rider takes bunch sprint over Walscheid, Lawless

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) punched his chest and then the air as he dashed across the finish line with the victory at the mid-week classic Scheldeprijs in Schoten. The 22-year-old Dutchman keyed off of a perfectly timed lead-out to take a repeat win ahead of Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Chris Lawless (Team Sky).

Deceunink-QuickStep hit the front and dragged the field under the kilometre banner and through the final corners of the race. While Jakobsen surfed the front of top sprinters, his teammate Michael Mørkøv offered one last surge as his final lead-out man.

Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) jumped a little too early and was caught and passed by a faster Lawless, and then Walscheid. A patient Jakobsen bided his time and then accelerated off of Walscheid's wheel, with what was the fastest sprint, passing both the Sunweb rider and then Lawless to take a convincing victory.

How it unfolded

It was a sunny morning in Terneuzen [Netherlands] when the riders signed on at the market square for the 107th edition of the Scheldeprijs. Ever since starting in Terneuzen, the wind has often been a crucial factor in the first part of the race.

This year, the wind from the northeast would result in a headwind start, followed after about 30km by an endless cross-wind section, until reaching the two local laps of 17km. It made for a much harder race than in previous years.

After a 15km roll-out that passed through the 6.6km Western Scheldt Tunnel, the race kicked off straight away. Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis) and Tom Wirtgen (Wallonie-Bruxelles) were the first attackers, anticipating the fight in the echelons. The duo was quickly caught back by a first echelon when the race reached the former North Beveland island.

By the time the riders completed the first hour of racing, 47 kilometres were covered. There were several groups up the road, with the first one including 35 riders. They battled against a second large group that trailed them by 30 seconds. While a third group was losing ground and they trailed by more than a minute.

The first groups came back together as the pace dropped toward the 60km mark of the race. The riders from EF Education First seemed motivated and upped the pace again when approaching Goes.

Bora-Hansgrohe was well represented in the first group with their sprinter Pascal Ackermann, but also among the front were Nils Politt (Katusha), Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo), Taylor Phinney (EF Education First), Lawrence Naesen and Nikolas Maes (both Lotto-Soudal), and Chris Lawless and Gianni Moscon (both Team Sky).

A second group with many Deceuninck-QuickStep riders worked hard to bring back the leaders. But after 80km of racing, there were eight groups of riders spread out over the course, with the first group distancing the last group by nearly four minutes.

At the feed zone, 100km into the race, the pace dropped back again, and Dries De Bondt (Corendon-Circus) and Brian van Goethem (Lotto-Soudal) tried their luck. The duo collected an advantage of nearly a minute until the pace upped again and the leaders were caught back. Defending champion Jakobsen and last year's runner-up Achermann were victims of a crash. And only after 135km of racing, when approaching Belgium, the wind battles were over and the peloton was back together.

The main question was how much had those efforts taken their toll on the sprinters such as five-time winner Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), who had been struggling all day.

Vanbilsen and De Bondt attacked to get some publicity in the final hours of racing. When reaching the two final laps, the duo was 1:15 ahead of the peloton, but by the time they hit the last lap their adventure was over.

Still too early to begin their lead-outs, the field spread wide across the road, riders jockeying for the front positions while still conserving some energy before crucial final kilometres.

A crash among the field took down some of the Katusha-Alpecin riders including Kittel, while simultaneously Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) jumped from the field. Lionel Taminiaux (Wallonie Bruxelles) bridged across but then struggled to stay on the Norwegian's wheel and eventually popped and drifted back to the main field.

Deceuninck-QuickStep were the first team to start the lead-out, drawing in Boasson Hagen and keeping the speeds fast enough to deter any late-race attacks. They provided the perfect set up for Jakobsen, who proved to be unrivalled in the final sprint as he claimed his second consecutive win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep4:26:45 
2Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
3Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
4Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
6Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
7Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
8Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles  
9Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates  
10Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
11Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
12Maarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-Circus  
13Nicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
14Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
15Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
16Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
17Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First  
18Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
19Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
20Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
21André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa Samsic  
22Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
23Casper Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
24Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
25Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
26Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
27Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
28Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
29Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
30Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
31Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
32Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
33Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy  
34Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
35Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:09 
36Rasmus Bøgh Wallin (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:00:11 
37Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:00:12 
38Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
39Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:17 
40Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
41Clément Russo (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
42Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
43Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
45Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
47Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
48Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
49Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
50Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
51Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
52Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
53Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:20 
54Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:22 
55Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
56Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:24 
57Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First0:00:27 
58Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:30 
59Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
60Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:31 
61Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
62Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
63Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
64Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb  
65Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:40 
66Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
67Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:42 
68Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
69Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:49 
70Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:01:03 
71Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert  
72Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First0:01:06 
73Tobias Mørch Kongstad (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:01:09 
74Torkil Veyhe (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:01:16 
75Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
76Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
77Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
78Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:31 
79Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
80Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:01:39 
81Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
82Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
83Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
84Davide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:46 
85Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
86Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:01:50 
87Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:02:12 
88Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
89Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
90Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First0:02:23 
91Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:40 
92Robbe Ghys (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:02:44 
93Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:03:05 
94Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:36 
95Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education First  
96Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
97Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
98Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
99Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
100Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
101Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:05:46 
102Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
103Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:06:01 
104Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
105Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
106Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
107Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
108Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
109Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
110Alan Riou (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
111Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
112Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Dimension Data0:11:05 
DNFTom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie Bruxelles  
DNFThibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
DNFKenny Molly (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) EF Education First  
DNFAlfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
DNFWesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Gobert  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
DNFIvo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFRui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-Circus  
DNFKristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
DNFJoeri Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNFPim Ligthart (Ned) Direct Energie  
DNFSasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFKim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
DNFMathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First  
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFNiccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Direct Energie  
DNSRyan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  

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