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2020 Scheldeprijs (1.Pro)

(Grand Prix de l'Escaut), Belgium

108th edition: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Scheldeprijs podium history | 2019 edition | 2021 edition

Schoten - Schoten, 173.3 km

Caleb Ewan

Caleb Ewan is the day's fast man. Image: Photonews

Weather at the start/finish city of Schoten at 1:30 PM, local time: 13C (55F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the north-northeast at 11 km/hr (7 mph). There is a 55% chance of rain.

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The race: The organizer posted this note. "On Wednesday 14 October, the 108th edition of the Scheldeprijs is on the programme. Given the current health situation in Belgium, we as organisation call on you to follow the race at home. It was therefore decided not to release any information about the course."

Here is the organizer's race summary:

The 108th edition of the Scheldeprijs ended with a powerful sprint to the finish. The teams of the top sprinters controlled the race almost perfectly. In that predicted sprint it was the Australian Caleb Ewan who won.

Now that a start in Terneuzen was not possible in the 108th edition of the Scheldeprijs, Schoten became the central point for the oldest Flemish spring classic on the calendar. 10 local laps of 17.3 km. At the start there were many fast men for what is called the unofficial World Championships for sprinters. Ewan, Bennett and Ackermann, among others, competed against each other.

Already in the second lap there was an early breakaway, despite the extremely fast pace in the race. 8 riders escaped: Wirtgen (Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles), Schär (CCC Team), Gruzdev (Astana Pro Team), Cavendish (Bahrain - McLaren), Havik (Riwal Securitas Cycling Team), McCabe (Israel Start-Up Nation), Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott) and Askey (Groupama-FDJ). After the first race, no less than 49 km had been digested.

The breakaway never managed to get a big lead on the circuit in Schoten. The peloton allowed them to ride about 1'25" ahead, but always kept them in sight. With two laps to go Cavendish dropped out of the front group. In the meantime the peloton got closer to the leading group, which still had a 30 second lead.

At the start of the final lap the difference was still about 17 seconds. At the front Askey tried to add a solo escape to his day in the break. The Dutchman Havik joined him, attacked himself and went off on his own. In the peloton it was Deceunick-Quick-Step and Trek-Segafredo who took control.

At 8 km from the finish the story of Havik and the chasing group was over. The peloton controlled the race perfectly and was able to start preparing for the sprint. The trains formed for the sprinters at Deceuninck - Quick-Step, Trek-Segafredo, UAE Team Emirates, Lotto-Soudal and Bora-hansgrohe.

In the last kilometre it was Alpecin-Fenix that brought Merlier to the front and Kristoff was going to prepare the sprint for Jasper Philipsen. Out of Kristoff's wheel, Ewan suddenly came to the front. He sprinted convincingly to victory before Ackermann and Bonifazio. The number two, Ackermann, would eventually be degraded for deviating from his line, resulting in a crash of Jensen, causing Bonifazio to move up a place and Coquard to take third.

This 108th Scheldeprijs  was without a doubt a unique autumn edition. Also for Caleb Ewan, who was able to hit the jackpot after his first participation in the Scheldeprijs.

Complete Results:

173.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 48.445 km/hr

1 Caleb Ewan Lotto-Soudal 3hr 34min 38sec
2 Niccolò Bonifazio Total Direct Energie s.t.
3 Bryan Coquard B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
4 Tim Merlier Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
5 Jasper Philipsen UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
6 Amaury Capiot Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
7 Arvid de Kleijn Riwal-Securitas s.t.
8 Sam Bennett Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
9 Itamar Einhorn Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
10 Romain Cardis Total Direct Energie s.t.
11 Nacer Bouhanni Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
12 Michael Van Staeyen Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
13 Alexander Kristoff UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
14 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 Hugo Hofstetter Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
16 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
17 Max Kanter Team Sunweb s.t.
18 Davide Martinelli Astana s.t.
19 Alfdan De Decker Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
20 Jake Stewart Groupama-FDJ s.t.
21 Pascal Ackermann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
22 Evaldas Šiškevicius Nippo-Delko Provence @ 5sec
23 Bert Van Lerberghe Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
24 Guillaume Boivin Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
25 Dušan Rajovic Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
26 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
27 Luka Mezgec Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
28 Ryan Mullen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 Christophe Laporte Cofidis s.t.
30 Florian Sénéchal Deceuninck-Quick Step 9''
31 Jakub Mareczko CCC Team 10''
32 Rui Oliveira UAE-Team Emirates 13''
33 Max Walscheid NTT Pro Cycling 15''
34 Sasha Weemaes Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
35 Artyom Zakharov Astana s.t.
36 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
37 Carlos Rodríguez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
38 Maxime De Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
39 Lindsay De Vylder Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
40 Laurens De Vreese Astana 21''
41 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal 23''
42 Alexander Konychev Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
43 Lionel Taminiaux Bingoal-WB s.t.
44 Jonas Koch CCC Team s.t.
45 Jacob Relaes Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
46 Aksel Nõmmela Bingoal-WB s.t.
47 Jack Bauer Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
48 Gijs Van Hoecke CCC Team s.t.
49 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
50 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck CCC Team s.t.
51 Wesley Kreder Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
52 Elmar Reinders Riwal-Securitas s.t.
53 Yevgeniy Gidich Astana 27''
54 Sacha Modolo Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
55 Barnabás Peák Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
56 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
57 Jérémy Lecroq B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
58 Joris Nieuwenhuis Team Sunweb s.t.
59 Cees Bol Team Sunweb s.t.
60 Nathan Van Hooydonck CCC Team s.t.
61 Alexander Krieger Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
62 Cédric Beullens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 30''
63 Florian Vermeersch Lotto-Soudal s.t.
64 Connor Swift Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
65 Julien Vermote Cofidis s.t.
66 Jonas Rickaert Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
67 Otto Vergaerde Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
68 Eduard Michael Grosu Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
69 Jens Debusschere B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
70 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
71 Alexander Richardson Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
72 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ s.t.
73 Jonas Castrique Bingoal-WB s.t.
74 Edvald Boasson Hagen NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
75 Mickaël Delage Groupama-FDJ s.t.
76 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
77 Fred Wright Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
78 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
79 Daniil Fominykh Astana s.t.
80 Biniam Girmay Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
81 Julien Morice B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
82 Frederik Backaert B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
83 Danny van Poppel Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
84 Fumiyuki Beppu Nippo-Delko Provence s.t.
85 Milan Menten Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
86 Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
87 Leonardo Basso INEOS Grenadiers 41''
88 Jannik Steimle Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
89 Norman Vahtra Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
90 Kaden Groves Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
91 Boy van Poppel Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
92 Jempy Drücker Bora-hansgrohe 45''
93 Michael Schwarzmann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
94 Alexander Edmondson Mitchelton-Scott 48''
95 Robbe Ghys Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
96 Kenny De Ketele Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
97 Roger Kluge Lotto-Soudal 51''
98 Damien Touzé Cofidis 52''
99 Piotr Havik Riwal-Securitas s.t.
100 Alex Kirsch Trek-Segafredo 57''
101 Adrien Petit Total Direct Energie 59''
102 Hugo Houle Astana s.t.
103 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex 1' 02''
104 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal 1' 03''
105 Frederik Frison Lotto-Soudal s.t.
106 Niklas Märkl Team Sunweb 1' 05''
107 Cyril Lemoine Cofidis s.t.
108 Tom Wirtgen Bingoal-WB 1' 06''
109 Florian Maitre Total Direct Energie 1' 08''
110 Anthony Turgis Total Direct Energie s.t.
111 Dries Van Gestel Total Direct Energie s.t.
112 Adrien Garel B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
113 Geoffrey Soupe Total Direct Energie s.t.
114 Vegard Laengen UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
115 Sondre Enger Riwal-Securitas s.t.
116 Daniel Oss Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
117 Rasmus Tiller NTT Pro Cycling 1' 11''
118 Senne Leysen Alpecin-Fenix 1' 13''
119 Christian Knees INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
120 Sean De Bie Bingoal-WB s.t.
121 Francisco Ventoso CCC Team s.t.
122 Zdenek Štybar Deceuninck-Quick Step 1' 15''
123 Rüdiger Selig Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
124 Leon Heinschke Team Sunweb s.t.
125 Andreas Schillinger Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
126 Joel Suter Bingoal-WB s.t.
127 Sven Erik Bystrøm UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
128 Marco Haller Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
129 Tom Bohli UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
130 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
131 Kévin Geniets Groupama-FDJ s.t.
132 Michael Schär CCC Team s.t.
133 Travis McCabe Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
134 Christopher Juul-Jensen Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
135 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ s.t.
136 Marcus Burghardt Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
137 Elias Van Breussegem Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
138 André Greipel Israel Start-Up Nation 1' 24''
139 Ludwig De Winter Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
140 Dylan van Baarle INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
141 Brian van Goethem Lotto-Soudal 1' 26''
142 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-McLaren 1' 46''
143 Mark Cavendish Bahrain-McLaren 1' 47''
144 Samuele Battistella NTT Pro Cycling 1' 49''
145 Luc Wirtgen Bingoal-WB 1' 51''
146 Michael Gogl NTT Pro Cycling 1' 52''
147 Ivo Oliveira UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
148 Thomas Boudat Arkéa-Samsic 2' 22''
149 Toms Skujinš Trek-Segafredo 3' 06''
150 Tobias Kongstad Riwal-Securitas 3' 11''
151 Julien Trarieux Nippo-Delko Provence 3' 19''
152 Christopher Lawless INEOS Grenadiers 3' 27''
153 Yves Lampaert Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
154 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-McLaren 3' 38''
155 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo 4' 29''
156 Clément Russo Arkéa-Samsic 5' 09''
157 Christophe Noppe Arkéa-Samsic 5' 21''
158 Kris Boeckmans B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 5' 55''