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2016 Scheldeprijs (HC)

(Grand Prix de l'Escaut), Belgium

104th edition: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Scheldeprijs podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Participating teams | Race photos

Antwerp - Schoten, 207.8 km; 1 x 157.4 km + 3 x 16.8 km

2016 Scheldeprijs map

2016 Scheldeprijs map

Marcel Kittel wins 2016 Scheldeprijs

Race preview: provided by the organizer:

The 104th edition of the Scheldeprijs will take place on 6 April 2016. That makes of the Antwerp Classic the oldest still organized cycling race in Flanders. A race that is much more than alive as everybody can see every year. Furthermore the final part of the event will be even safer. And for that reason the organizers will take a few eye-catching measures. 

In a first time, the bunch will be reduced. We won’t see a field of 200 riders representing 25 teams at the start anymore. To already comply with a rule the UCI will probably apply very soon, the number of participants will be reduced to 176 riders representing 22 teams. That means a reduction of 12 percent and hopefully a safer unfolding for the race.

The Scheldeprijs is considered like the “Sprinters’ World Championship”. And that of course intrinsically increases the risk factor. A massive sprint is indeed often hectic. To increase safety, the trajectory of the final will be modified. To avoid the bunch to form a “bulb” – it indeed seems that was the reason of several crashes in the last years – the final straight in the Churchill Avenue in Schoten will be shortened to roughly 800 meters. The bunch will reach that spot after going through a road narrowing road and several additional curves. As a consequence the riders will launch the sprint in a single line. Basically that should allow to have a safer unfolding for the epilogue of the race.

Who will write his name on the honor roll – many years after Maurice Leturgie, who won the first edition of the Scheldeprijs in… 1907 – is still a question mark.

The Race: as related by winner Marcel Kittel's Etixx-Quick Step team.

Marcel Kittel recorded his seventh victory of the season in a race which will now be forever linked to his name.

With two kilometers left of the 104th Scheldeprijs, Etixx – Quick-Step hit the front with three riders, who were working to bring Marcel Kittel in an ideal position for the bunch sprint. Up until that point, the race had two breakaways in the spotlight, but neither has posed any danger to the peloton who was controlled by the sprinters' teams. Unlike other seasons, this year's edition of the Belgian event was much calmer, without any incidents or crashes to take some riders out of the ecuation.

After his teammates formed a strong lead-out and escorted him up until the final 300 meters, Marcel Kittel – who has already enjoyed success this season at Driedaagse De Panne – opened his powerful sprint and went down to the line against Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), winning for a tire's width and scoring his seventh victory since joining Etixx – Quick-Step, which makes him the most successful rider of the season. Marcel, who made no secret of the fact that Scheldeprijs is one of the biggest goals of the season for him, has written history by finishing first, as he has now became the only rider to win the oldest Flemish race on four occasions.

Complete Results: 207.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.449 km/hr

Race photos

1 Marcel Kittel Etixx-Quick Step 4hr 54min 5sec
2 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
3 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
4 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5 Niccolò Bonifazio Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 Danny van Poppel Sky s.t.
7 Nikias Arndt Giant-Alpecin s.t.
8 Wouter Wippert Cannondale s.t.
9 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
10 Daniel McLay Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
11 Bert Van Lerberghe Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
12 Sam Bennett Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
13 Roy Jans Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
14 Michael Van Staeyen Cofidis s.t.
15 Alexander Kristoff Katusha s.t.
16 Boris Vallée Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
17 Marc Sarreau FDJ @ 3sec
18 André Looij Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
19 Gediminas Bagdonas Ag2r s.t.
20 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
21 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
22 Fabio Sabatini Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
23 Mickaël Delage FDJ s.t.
24 Eryk Laton CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
25 Jaroslaw Marycz CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
26 Jacopo Guarnieri Katusha s.t.
27 Jonas Rickaert Topsport Vlaanderen +9''
28 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
29 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin +11''
30 Wesley Kreder Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
31 Maciej Paterski CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
32 Jack Bauer Cannondale s.t.
33 Jesper Asselman Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
34 Marcel Sieberg Lotto-Soudal +14''
35 Barry Markus Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
36 Franck Bonnamour Fortuneo Vital Concept +20''
37 Rayane Bouhanni Cofidis s.t.
38 Lars Bak Lotto-Soudal s.t.
39 Maxime Farazijn Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
40 Ignatas Konovalovas FDJ s.t.
41 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
42 Hugo Houle Ag2r s.t.
43 Boy van Poppel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
44 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
45 Andrea Guardini Astana s.t.
46 Elia Viviani Sky +23''
47 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +25''
48 Matteo Draperi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
49 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
50 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
51 Nikolai Trussov Tinkoff s.t.
52 Sébastien Turgot Ag2r s.t.
53 Gatis Smukulis Astana s.t.
54 Bert De Backer Giant-Alpecin s.t.
55 Adrian Kurek CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
56 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo s.t.
57 Pavel Brutt Tinkoff s.t.
58 Tom Stamsnijder Giant-Alpecin s.t.
59 Ryan Mullen Cannondale s.t.
60 Tyler Farrar Dimension Data +29''
61 Kenny Dehaes Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
62 Simone Ponzi CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
63 Frederik Backaert Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
64 Tim Declercq Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
65 Shane Archbold Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
66 Kris Boeckmans Lotto-Soudal s.t.
67 Jelle Wallays Lotto-Soudal s.t.
68 Tom Van Asbroeck LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
69 Robert Wagner LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
70 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
71 Michael Mørkøv Katusha s.t.
72 Rüdiger Selig Bora-Argon 18 +39''
73 Lukasz Wisniowski Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
74 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
75 Alexander Porsev Katusha s.t.
76 Liam Bertazzo Southeast-Venezuela +42''
77 Gianni Moscon Sky s.t.
78 Sean De Bie Lotto-Soudal +49''
79 Scott Thwaites Bora-Argon 18 +51''
80 Yaroslav Popovych Trek-Segafredo +1' 07''
81 Florian Sénéchal Cofidis s.t.
82 Jan Bárta Bora-Argon 18 +1' 18''
83 Ivar Slik Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
84 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov Katusha +1' 20''
85 Matteo Trentin Etixx-Quick Step +1' 23''
86 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +1' 27''
87 Christian Knees Sky +1' 31''
88 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen +1' 41''
89 Enrique Sanz Southeast-Venezuela +1' 44''
90 Robin Sténuit Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 50''
91 Zakkari Dempster Bora-Argon 18 +1' 52''
92 Andreas Schillinger Bora-Argon 18 +2' 03''
93 Ramunas Navardauskas Cannondale s.t.
94 Alexandre Pichot Direct Énergie +2' 07''
95 Borut Božic Cofidis s.t.
96 Sjoerd van Ginneken Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
97 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
98 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Etixx-Quick Step +2' 15''
99 Twan Castelijns LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 18''
100 Jos van Emden LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
101 Maarten Tjallingii LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
102 Kenneth Vanbilsen Cofidis s.t.
103 Tom Boonen Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
104 Julien Morice Direct Énergie s.t.
105 Brian van Goethem Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
106 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
107 Stijn Steels Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
108 Marco Haller Katusha +2' 25''
109 Thomas Boudat Direct Énergie +2' 44''
110 Murilo Fischer FDJ +3' 05''
111 Fabian Cancellara Trek-Segafredo s.t.
112 Matt Brammeier Dimension Data s.t.
113 Adam Blythe Tinkoff s.t.
114 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier FDJ s.t.
115 Ryan Anderson Direct Énergie s.t.
116 Jesse Sergent Ag2r s.t.
117 Frederik Veuchelen Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
118 Cyril Lemoine Cofidis s.t.
119 Yohann Gène Direct Énergie s.t.
120 Sébastien Minard Ag2r s.t.
121 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +4' 10''
122 WalesLuke Rowe Sky s.t.
123 Antoine Duchesne Direct Énergie s.t.
124 Tom Devriendt Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
125 Frederik Frison Lotto-Soudal s.t.
126 Stijn Devolder Trek-Segafredo s.t.
127 Lieuwe Westra Astana s.t.
128 Maxime Daniel Ag2r +5' 12''
129 Steven Tronet Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
130 Lars van der Haar Giant-Alpecin s.t.
131 Vegard Breen Fortuneo Vital Concept +5' 17''
132 Daniel Hoelgård FDJ s.t.
133 Sebastian Langeveld Cannondale s.t.
134 Kristoffer Skjerping Cannondale s.t.
135 Brice Feillu Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
136 Andrew Fenn Sky s.t.
137 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +5' 48''
138 Alan Marangoni Cannondale s.t.
139 Steven Lammertink LottoNL-Jumbo +7' 56''
140 Davide Martinelli Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
141 Nico Denz Ag2r s.t.
142 Jean-Marc Bideau Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
143 Lukas Pöstlberger Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
144 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
145 Maxime Cam Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
146 Lander Seynaeve Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
147 Mirko Trosino Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
148 Chad Haga Giant-Alpecin s.t.
149 Nikolay Mihaylov CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
150 Mirko Tedeschi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.

Participating teams:

WorldTour: Etixx-Quick.Step; Lotto-Soudal; Team Tinkoff; Ag2r-La Mondiale; FdJ; Giant-Alpecin; Team Sky; Astana; Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Team Katusha; Cannondale; Trek-Segafredo; Team Dimension Data –

Pro Continental: Wanty-Groupe Gobert; Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise; Cofidis; Fortuneo-Vital Concept; Bora-Argon18; Roompot Oranje Peloton; CCC Sprandi Polkowice; Southeast-Venezuela; Direct Energie

2016 Scheldeprijs photos:

Peter Sagan

World Champion Peter Sagan heads to the start

Matteo Trentin

Matteo Trentin before the race

Frederik Backaert

Frederik Backaert on the attack

Steven Tronet

Steven Tronet tries to get away

Sprint

Marcel Kittel wins the race

race finish

Kittel takes the race from Mark Cavendish and André Greipel

Marcel kittel

Kittel has had a good day.

Marcel kittel

A teammate congratulates him

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish didn't win this one

Scheldeprijs podium

The podium, from left: Mark Cavendish (2nd), Marcel Kittel and André Greipel (3rd)