Kittel wins the 2014 Scheldeprijs

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano4:33:53
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin SharpRow 1 - Cell 2
3Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 4 - Cell 2
6Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 6 - Cell 2
8Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 8 - Cell 2
10Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Androni GiocattoliRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 11 - Cell 2
13Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Leonid Krasnov (Rus) RusVeloRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 15 - Cell 2
17Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 16 - Cell 2
18Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 18 - Cell 2
20Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.frRow 20 - Cell 2
22Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVeloRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Steele von Hoff (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 29 - Cell 2
31John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin SharpRow 31 - Cell 2
33Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVeloRow 33 - Cell 2
35Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Kevyn Ista (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Elia Viviani (Ita) CannondaleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha0:00:09
45Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:11
46Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling0:00:15
47Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin SharpRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kristijan Koren (Slo) CannondaleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 50 - Cell 2
52Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Daniele Colli (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Roberto De Patre (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:00:21
55Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
56Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura0:00:25
58Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale0:00:27
60Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team EuropcarRow 61 - Cell 2
63Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Martijn Maaskant (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 65 - Cell 2
67Fabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 66 - Cell 2
68Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.frRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 68 - Cell 2
70Peter Sagan (Svk) CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.frRow 70 - Cell 2
72Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 71 - Cell 2
73Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto BelisolRow 74 - Cell 2
76Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team SkyRow 76 - Cell 2
78Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) CannondaleRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 80 - Cell 2
82Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 82 - Cell 2
84Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 84 - Cell 2
86Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 87 - Cell 2
89Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 89 - Cell 2
91Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team KatushaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 91 - Cell 2
93Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 93 - Cell 2
95Luigi Miletta (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 94 - Cell 2
96Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 95 - Cell 2
97Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 96 - Cell 2
98Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
100Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto BelisolRow 99 - Cell 2
101Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 100 - Cell 2
102Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:37
104Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:00:40
105Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 104 - Cell 2
106Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:55
107Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:59
108Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 107 - Cell 2
109Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team SkyRow 108 - Cell 2
110Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 109 - Cell 2
111Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:15
113Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:27
114Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team KatushaRow 115 - Cell 2
117Andrea Fedi (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:01:38
118Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:01:42
120David Millar (GBr) Garmin SharpRow 119 - Cell 2
121Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 120 - Cell 2
122Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura0:01:58
123Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo0:02:01
124Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:14
125Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:28
127Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:27
128Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 127 - Cell 2
129David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:32
130Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 129 - Cell 2
131Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 132 - Cell 2
134Samuele Conti (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 133 - Cell 2
135Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.frRow 134 - Cell 2
136Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 135 - Cell 2
137Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVeloRow 136 - Cell 2
138Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Sergey Klimov (Rus) RusVeloRow 138 - Cell 2
140Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVeloRow 139 - Cell 2
141Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 140 - Cell 2
142Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 141 - Cell 2
143Edward King (USA) Cannondale0:04:45
144Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 144 - Cell 2
146Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 145 - Cell 2
147Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVeloRow 146 - Cell 2
148Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 147 - Cell 2
149Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 149 - Cell 2
151Ji Cheng (Chn) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 150 - Cell 2
152Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:04:49
154Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 154 - Cell 2
156Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 155 - Cell 2
157Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team SkyRow 156 - Cell 2
158Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 157 - Cell 2
159Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 158 - Cell 2
160Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 159 - Cell 2
161Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 160 - Cell 2
162Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 161 - Cell 2
163Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 162 - Cell 2
164Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 163 - Cell 2
165Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.frRow 164 - Cell 2
166Luca Paolini (Ita) Team KatushaRow 165 - Cell 2
167Yohann Gène (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 166 - Cell 2
168Björn Thurau (Ger) Team KatushaRow 167 - Cell 2
169Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 168 - Cell 2
170Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 169 - Cell 2
171Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 170 - Cell 2
172Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 171 - Cell 2
173Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 172 - Cell 2
DNSJohann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 175 - Cell 2
DNFDennis van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 176 - Cell 2
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 177 - Cell 2
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFGrégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 179 - Cell 2
DNFOmar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 180 - Cell 2
DNFLouis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 181 - Cell 2
DNFBradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 182 - Cell 2

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