Solo Kristoff surprises sprinters Alpecin-Fenix ​​and BORA in an amazing fan fight in Scheldeprijs

Alexander Kristoff has impressively won the Scheldeprijs for men. In a truly magnificent echelon race, it was ultimately a small group that was allowed to ride in the final. Kristoff surprised by driving away alone and leaving the others behind.

Chaos was expected and chaos we got. The gentlemen were barely twenty kilometers on the road when things were already torn in the peloton. From the starting point of Terneuzen it was hit several times on the open plains. The first time things were repaired, after 25 kilometers there were chunks made during the second attempt at fans.

Jakobsen and Groenewegen immediately in trouble, long battle

In the first group we had seventeen men with us. Jasper Philipsen and Tim Merlier were present on behalf of Alpecin-Fenix, Alexander Kristoff was there on behalf of Intermarché. We also noted Sam Bennett (BORA), Cees Bol (DSM) and Edward Theuns (Trek) in the first group. In the second group, it was Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl that had to work. They had missed the battle with Fabio Jakobsen. Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Soudal), Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange) and Pascal Ackermann (UAE) also rode in this group.

With 50.5 kilometers in the first hour it was hard against hard and it seemed for a while that the second group with Jakobsen was going to make the connection with the front group. At one point, Quick Step could see the front ones driving, but they failed to close the gap all the way. After 120 kilometers of hard racing, the spring broke in the second group. The men in front seemed to be breaking up with it. That happened without Bol, who had to drop out due to material problems. Gerben Thijssen (Intermarché) literally dropped out of the front group due to a crash.

Quick Step and Lotto Soudal make it exciting

Two hours to go, was it already over? Not quite. While the front slowly started to look at each other, Quick Step and Lotto Soudal teamed up once more for a final chase. Half a minute was made of a good minute, but just when Jakobsen and associates had regained hope, the organization was back at the front. The last sixty kilometers started with a difference of 45 seconds. What a battle!

When we crossed the finish line for the first time 53 kilometers from the end, the race seemed to be in the fold. At the front we had thirteen men left of the seventeen. Philipsen and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Rüdiger Selig (Lotto Soudal), Kristoff (Intermarché), Bennett, Jordi Meeus, Ryan Mullen and Danny van Poppel (BORA), Casper van Uden and Sam Welsford (DSM), Theuns (Trek ), Dan McLay (Arkéa) and Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis) were allowed to dream. Group two gave in.

Poker and attacking in the final phase

When it was clear that the thirteen up front could break up, it was clear that many of them wouldn’t settle for a simple walk to the finish. DSM didn’t have a real sprinter on board and so it tried something. Alpecin-Fenix ​​and BORA-hansgrohe, along with Philipsen and Bennett, had the responsibility to keep things together. BORA also tried to sneak out with Meeus and Mullen, because sprinter Bennett was hanging on the elastic. Kristoff in particular closed a lot of holes. Merlier also did work for Philipsen.

Poker and attacking in the final phase, with one after the other trying to get away. However, there were plenty who did want to bring it back. While BORA lost a male to a loafer with Bennett, it was Kristoff who blasted off. He was the man who closed the most gaps and there was no one to copy him now. When it did start again behind him, Kristoff was already out of sight. The well-known running and standing still only played into the hands of the Norwegian.

No sprint for Alpecin-Fenix ​​and BORA-hansgrohe, but a solo rider who was allowed to put his hands in the air. After the victory of teammate Biniam Girmay in Gent-Wevelgem, it was another hit for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Behind Kristoff it was Van Poppel who won the battle for second place, in a sprint with Van Uden.

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Result Scheldeprijs men 2022

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