Scheldeprijs 2018

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon! I'm Robyn, and today I'll be reporting on Scheldeprijs for you all.

Marcel Kittel, 5-time winner of this race, won both the 2016 and 2017 editions with Quick-Step. Last year was also his teammate Boonen’s last race in Belgium; Scheldeprijs started in his home town.

So, what’s happened so far in the 106th edition of Scheldeprijs? Coverage is just about to begin, but the day started with an 8-man break, caught after 25km, comprised of Bak (Lotto Soudal), Van Rooy (Team SVB), Van Schip (Roompot), Garel (Vital Concept), Paluta (CCC), Van Zyl (Dimension Data), Alzate (UnitedHealthcare) and his teammate Putt.

Another break of De Bie (Verada’s Willems-Crelan), Van Schip again (Roompot), Rickaert (Team SVB), Van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Cataford (UnitedHealthcare) established soon after this, and the leading men held an advantage of almost 4 minutes. Van Lerberghe (Cofidis) and Svendgaard (Fortuneo) crashed in the peloton, but are back on their bikes, while Korsæth of Astana has abandoned.

Once again there's level crossing drama in a race, with almost 30 riders set to be thrown out according to Rob Hatch.

UnitedHealthcare and CCC riders appear shaken after what appears to be a crash involving a parked car before coverage started.

Today sees a flat route; hence being known as race for the sprinters. Sandwiched between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, of course this race features some cobbles too. Riders will cover 200km from Terneuzen to Schoten, with 3 laps towards the finish. Expect echelons due to the Zeeland wind…

And we're underway with live images! 68km to go with Katusha leading the peloton.

Some BIG names have been disqualified for jumping that level crossing. Démare, Groenewegen, Martin, Hodeg and Boeckmans are all out of the race. 67km to go.

The 5-man break have been caught, with a 54-man peloton leading the way. 63km to go, with 30 riders disqualified.