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2022 Scheldeprijs (1.Pro)
(Grand Prix de l'Escaut), Belgium

110th edition: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Terneuzen - Schoten, 198.7 km

Map of the the 110th edition of the Scheldeprijs.

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Weather at the finish city of Schoten at 2:00 PM, local time: 11C (52F), rain showers, with the wind from the southwest at 23 km/hr (14 mph). The rain is forecast to end around 2:45 and then possibly begin again with a 20% chance of rain during the afternoon.

The race: Here's the race organizers report.

The Norwegian Alexander Kristoff took his second victory in the Scheldeprijs after an 8km solo effort. He rode away from the leading group on Broekstraat, which formed in Zeeland after an echelon festival. Danny van Poppel finished second, ahead of Sam Welsford.   

Alexander Kristoff finishes almost a half-minute ahead of his nearest chasers.

The weather conditions were similar to a year ago: wind and rain. After the start signal, which sounds at 12:45 in Terneuzen, it is waiting for the first breaks in the peloton. With just 28 km ridden, a breakaway of around 17 riders forms during the wind festival in Zeeland. Among them are the Alpecin Fenix duo Philipsen-Merlier, former winner Kristoff (Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux), Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe).

Who missed out is the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team. The team of one of the favourites, Fabio Jakobsen, has no pawn in the first group. Also Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), De Lie (Lotto Soudal) and Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) are missing in the front. The men of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team do everything they can. At first, the gap is reduced to under 40 seconds, but in the streets of Schoten, the leading group, which now consists of 14 riders, can hold on to its lead and even expand it.

It was a tough race and that was noticeable in the leading group. Wærenskjold (Uno-X Pro Cycling) had to say goodbye at the front and Bennett's face also showed a grimace at about 30 km from the finish. The chasers lose ground and see the lead of the front group increase to over one minute.

At the front it is looking forward to see how the men of Bora-hansgrohe will tackle the final. They are represented by no less than four riders in the first group. The question is if leader Bennett still has energy in the tank, because at 11 km from the finish the Irishman has to close a gap. The presence of the Merlier-Philipsen duo encourages an attack. First Bennett's teammate Meeus tries it, then Mullen takes his chance. Merlier himself also joins the race. The lead on the second group is now more than two minutes. The winner is in front.

At the last passage on Broekstraat former winner Kristoff (Intermarché- Wanty) accelerates strongly. The chasers had some doubts but the Norwegian started a solo effort. The gap quickly increases to 20 seconds. Behind the leader there is one acceleration after the other, but they hesitate every time. The gap can't be closed anymore. After winning in 2015, Kristoff soloed to his second victory in the Scheldeprijs. In the final sprint, Danny van Poppel (Bora-hansgrohe) rushes to second place, ahead of Sam Welsford (Team DSM).


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Complete results:

136 starters, 106 abandons & 30 classified finishers.

198.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 47.457 km/hr

1  Alexander Kristoff Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 4hr 6min 2sec
2  Danny van Poppel BORA-hansgrohe @ 24sec
3  Sam Welsford Team DSM s.t.
4  Casper Van Uden Team DSM 0:26
5  Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6  Kenneth Vanbilsen Cofidis 0:28
7  Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
8  Jasper Philipsen Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
9  Tim Merlier Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
10  Ryan Mullen BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
11  Rüdiger Selig Lotto Soudal s.t.
12  Jordi Meeus BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
13  Sam Bennett BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
14  Arnaud De Lie Lotto Soudal 3:32
15  Fabio Jakobsen Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
16  Nils Politt BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
17  Tobias Lund Andresen Team DSM s.t.
18  Luca Mozzato B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
19  Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
20  Emils Liepins Trek-Segafredo s.t.
21  Kenneth Van Rooy Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
22  Luka Mezgec BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
23  Florian Vermeersch Lotto Soudal 3:35
24  Stijn Steels Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
25  Michael Mørkøv Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 3:37
26  Brent Van Moer Lotto Soudal s.t.
27  Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Alpecin-Fenix 3:39
28  Julien Morice B&B Hotels-KTM 3:57
29  Zdenek Stybar Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 4:14
30  Daan Hoole Trek-Segafredo 6:23

 


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Start list, April 5, 2022:

  ALPECIN-FENIX
DS: Michel Cornelisse
1 PHILIPSEN Jasper
2 MERLIER Tim
3 BALLERSTEDT Maurice
4 LEYSEN Senne
5 PLANCKAERT Edward
6 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
7 TAMINIAUX Lionel
QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL
DS: Wilfried Peeters
11 JAKOBSEN Fabio
12 STYBAR Zdenek
13 KEISSE Iljo
14 MORKOV Michael
15 STEELS Stijn
16 STEIMLE Jannik
17 VERNON Ethan
LOTTO SOUDAL
DS: Mario Aerts
21 DE LIE Arnaud
22 BEULLENS Cedric
23 VAN MOER Brent
24 KLUGE Roger
25 SCHWARZMANN Michael
26 SELIG Rüdiger
27 VERMEERSCH Florian
INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
DS: Hilaire Van Der Schuren
31 KRISTOFF Alexander
32 DE GENDT Aimé
33 DEVRIENDT Tom
34 PEÁK Barnabas
35 PLANCKAERT Baptiste
36 THIJSSEN Gerben
37 VAN POPPEL Boy
BORA-HANSGROHE
DS: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx
41 BENNETT Sam
42 LAAS Martin
43 HALLER Marco
44 MEEUS Jordi
45 MULLEN Ryan
46 POLITT Nils
47 VAN POPPEL Danny
COFIDIS
DS: Thierry Marichal
51 ALLEGAERT Piet
53 BOHLI Tom
54 DELETTRE Alexandre
55 SAJNOK Szymon
57 VANBILSEN Kenneth
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO
DS: Tristan Hoffman
71 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
72 BALMER Alexandre
73 EDMONDSON Alexander
74 BEWLEY Sam
75 MEZGEC Luka
76 O'BRIEN Kelland
77 STEWART Campbell
TEAM DSM
DS: Roy Curvers
81 BOL Cees
82 ANDRESEN Tobias Lund
83 DENZ Nico
84 MÄRKL Niklas
85 DAINESE Alberto
86 VAN UDEN Casper
87 WELSFORD Samuel
TREK-SEGAFREDO
DS: Luc Meersman
91 ABERASTURI Jon
92 VERGAERDE Otto
93 HOOLE Daan
94 LIEPINS Emils
95 MOSCHETTI Matteo
96 THEUNS Edward
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
DS: Aart Vierhouten
101 ACKERMANN Pascal
102 GROß Felix
105 MOLANO Juan Sebastián
106 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
107 TROIA Oliviero
B&B HOTELS-KTM
DS: Jimmy Engoulvent
111 HEIDEMANN Miguel
112 MOZZATO Luca
113 PARISELLA Raphael
114 LAGRÉE Adrien
115 LEMOINE Cyril
116 MORICE Julien
BARDIANI-CSF-FAIZANE'
DS: Luca Amoriello
121 MODOLO Sacha
122 BONILLO MARTIN Iker
123 COLNAGHI Luca
124 FIORELLI Filippo
125 GABBURO Davide
126 ZANONCELLO Enrico
127 ZOCCARATO Samuele
BINGOAL-PAUWELS SAUCES WB
DS: Olivier Kaisen
131 DUPONT Timothy
132 ANIOLKOWSKI Stanislaw
133 DE MAEGHT Dorian
134 LAUK Karl Patrick
135 WIRTGEN Tom
136 PEYSKENS Dimitri
137 ROBEET Ludovic
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
DS: Walter Planckaert
141 WEEMAES Sasha
142 APERS Ruben
143 REYNDERS Jens
144 VERWILST Aaron
145 VAN POUCKE Aaron
146 MARIT Arne
147 VAN ROOY Kenneth
TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC
DS: Sebastien Hinault
151 BOUHANNI Nacer
152 NOPPE Christophe
153 DECLERCQ Benjamin
154 GRONDIN Donovan
155 LEDANOIS Kevin
156 MCLAY Daniel
157 PAJUR Markus
TEAM NOVO NORDISK
DS: Gennady Mikhaylov
161 BEADLE Hamish
162 CEURENS Robbe
163 CLANCY Stephen
164 IRVINE Declan
165 KOPECKY Matyas
166 PERON Andrea
167 POLI Umberto
TOTALENERGIES
DS: Dominique Arnould
171 BONIFAZIO Niccolo
172 BODNAR Maciej
173 DUJARDIN Sandy
174 SOUPE Geoffrey
UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM
DS: Leonard Snoeks
181 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas
182 HALVORSEN Kristoffer
184 FREDHEIM Stian
185 SAUGSTAD Lars
186 WAERENSKJOLD Søren
187 WÆRSTED Syver Westgaard
BEAT CYCLING
DS: Luuc Bugter
191 BÜCHLI Matthijs
192 BOONS Jente
193 BOUTS Jordy
194 DAEMEN Stijn
195 DISSEL Bram
196 HOPPEZAK Vincent
197 KERCKHAERT Jochem
EVOPRO RACING
DS: Sven Batteau
201 VAN STAEYEN Michael
202 FEELEY Daire
203 FRANCK Eamon Lucas
204 GUINET Dylan
205 MCLAUGHLIN Mitchell
206 MCDUNPHY Conn
207 VERHEYEN Maarten
MINERVA CYCLING TEAM
DS: Preben Van Hecke
211 BORRA Gilles
212 D'HEYGERE Gil
213 JOSEPH Thomas
214 VAN SCHOOR Matthew
215 DHAEYE Enrico
216 DEBAELE Jorre
217 VANDEVELDE Yentl