Jakobsen repeats in Scheldeprijs

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep4:26:45
2Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 1 - Cell 2
3Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 2 - Cell 2
4Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 5 - Cell 2
7Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 6 - Cell 2
8Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie BruxellesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team EmiratesRow 8 - Cell 2
10Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 10 - Cell 2
12Maarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-CircusRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 13 - Cell 2
15Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 14 - Cell 2
16Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education FirstRow 16 - Cell 2
18Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 17 - Cell 2
19Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 18 - Cell 2
20Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 19 - Cell 2
21André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa SamsicRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 21 - Cell 2
23Casper Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 23 - Cell 2
25Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 24 - Cell 2
26Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 26 - Cell 2
28Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 27 - Cell 2
29Justin Timmermans (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 30 - Cell 2
32Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 31 - Cell 2
33Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 33 - Cell 2
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 HotelRow 37 - Cell 2
39Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:17
40Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
41Clément Russo (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 40 - Cell 2
42Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 48 - Cell 2
50Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 51 - Cell 2
53Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:20
54Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:22
55Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 54 - Cell 2
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-AlpecinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:31
61Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 60 - Cell 2
62Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 61 - Cell 2
63Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 62 - Cell 2
64Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 63 - Cell 2
65Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:40
66Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:42
68Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 67 - Cell 2
69Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:49
70Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:01:03
71Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 75 - Cell 2
77Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 76 - Cell 2
78Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:31
79Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 78 - Cell 2
80Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:01:39
81Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 80 - Cell 2
82Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 82 - Cell 2
84Davide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:46
85Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:01:50
87Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:02:12
88Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 87 - Cell 2
89Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 88 - Cell 2
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 FirstRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 95 - Cell 2
97Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 97 - Cell 2
99Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 98 - Cell 2
100Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:05:46
102Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:06:01
104Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 103 - Cell 2
105Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 105 - Cell 2
107Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 106 - Cell 2
108Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 107 - Cell 2
109Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 108 - Cell 2
110Alan Riou (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 109 - Cell 2
111Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 110 - Cell 2
112Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Dimension Data0:11:05
DNFTom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie BruxellesRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFThibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFKenny Molly (Bel) Wallonie BruxellesRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) EF Education FirstRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFAlfdan De Decker (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFWesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-GobertRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-CharlesRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFIvo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFRui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) Team SkyRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-CircusRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFKristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFJoeri Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFPim Ligthart (Ned) Direct EnergieRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFSasha Weemaes (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFKim Magnusson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFMathias Norsgaard Jørgensen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-CharlesRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFNiccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Direct EnergieRow 142 - Cell 2
DNSRyan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 143 - Cell 2

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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