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Marcel Kittel won a record fourth Scheldeprijs...

Marcel Kittel wins fifth Scheldeprijs classic

Marcel Kittel wins a record fourth Scheldeprijs classic Wednesday in Schoten, Belgium, out-sprinting Elia Viviani after 202km of racing.

Sprinter Marcel Kittel won a record fifth Scheldeprijs classic Wednesday in Schoten, Belgium, out-sprinting Elia Viviani after 202 kilometers of racing. Quick-Step’s German speedster also won the midweek classic in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was third behind Sky’s Viviani in the gallop to the line.

“The trophies are filling up my living room,” said Kittel. “This is one of my favorite races. I won’t be in the Giro. Gaviria will be our sprinter. I will take some rest now, and come back for the Tour of California and the Tour de France.”

Top-10 results

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 4:35:31
  • 2. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 4. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Pascal ACKERMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 6. Rudy BARBIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 7. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 8. Marc SARREAU, FDJ, at :00
  • 9. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 10. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00

The day was marked by farewell tributes to Kittel’s teammate Tom Boonen, who will retire after Paris-Roubaix Sunday. It was especially sentimental as Scheldeprijs started in Boonen’s hometown, Mol, Belgium.

“It was great to win with Boonen working at the front of the group. It makes it even more special to be here for his last race in Belgium,” Kittel added. “Tom is a big hero of mine, so it’s been an honor to race with him on this team. I hope he can win on Sunday. It’s now a pretty good record so far.”

“Today was unbelievable! I was touched by the warm welcome I received and by the huge support I got from the fans,” said Boonen. “I would never have dreamed of such incredible moments. I want to thank everyone for turning out and to the organizers for moving the start to Mol, making it a day I will never forget!”

With a traditional, sprint-friendly route on offer, the day’s early breakaway was bound to be caught. The escapees included Marco Mathis, Pim Lighthart, Julien Stassen, Frederik Veuchelen, Christophe Premont, Stijn Steels, and Eugert Zhupa. The last of the leaders were caught just ahead of the final 16.8km local lap in Schoten.

Apart from a crash in the final five kilometers, the sprint wound up in predictable fashion. Quick-Step was prominent at the front of the bunch with only a couple kilometers to go. Without ambitions to race for a result, wearing legwarmers, Boonen worked at the front of the peloton before dropping off the sprint train.

Quick-Step and Bora-Hansgrohe jostled for position at the front of the bunch as the peloton took a sharp right turn with one kilometer to go. Team Sky also put a rider into the mix at the front of the lead-out to assist Viviani. However, it was all Quick-Step in the finale, and Kittel won the sprint handily.

“Quick-Step set a really high pace with 6km to go,” said Viviani. “My team did great work for me to keep me in position. Marcel was just a bit too strong for me. We hope for the big one in the Giro. This is the sixth time this year I have finished second time. They have a strong guy at Quick-Step. Next for me is Romandie and the Giro, but we are in good condition. I hope to manage this condition coming into the Giro.”

Andrew Hood contributed to this report.

Full results

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, in 4:35:25
  • 2. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 4. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 5. Pascal ACKERMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 6. Rudy BARBIER, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 7. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 8. Marc SARREAU, FDJ, at :00
  • 9. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 10. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 11. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 12. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 13. Robin STENUIT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 14. Edward THEUNS, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :02
  • 15. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :02
  • 16. Tom VAN ASBROECK, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :02
  • 17. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :02
  • 18. Kevin ISTA, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at :02
  • 19. Erwann CORBEL, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :02
  • 20. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :05
  • 21. Timothy DUPONT, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at :05
  • 22. Rick ZABEL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :05
  • 23. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :05
  • 24. Rüdiger SELIG, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :07
  • 25. Ryan GIBBONS, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :07
  • 26. Marcel SIEBERG, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :07
  • 27. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :07
  • 28. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :07
  • 29. Frederik BACKAERT, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :07
  • 30. Wesley KREDER, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :07
  • 31. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 32. Stijn DEVOLDER, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at :07
  • 33. Maxime DANIEL, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :07
  • 34. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :07
  • 35. Liam BERTAZZO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :12
  • 36. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at :13
  • 37. Boris VALLEE, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at :13
  • 38. Lukas SPENGLER, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at :13
  • 39. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at :13
  • 40. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :13
  • 41. Coen VERMELTFOORT, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at :13
  • 42. Iljo KEISSE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 43. Tom BOONEN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 44. NICCOLO’ BONIFAZIO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 45. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :22
  • 46. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :24
  • 47. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :27
  • 48. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :27
  • 49. Julien DUVAL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 50. Tim ARIESEN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at :32
  • 51. Preben VAN HECKE, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at :34
  • 52. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :48
  • 53. Jacopo GUARNIERI, FDJ, at :48
  • 54. Scott THWAITES, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :48
  • 55. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at 1:06
  • 56. Alex TURRIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 1:24
  • 57. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:24
  • 58. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:24
  • 59. Andre LOOIJ, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:24
  • 60. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 1:28
  • 61. Stijn VANDENBERGH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:30
  • 62. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:30
  • 63. Sander CORDEEL, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 1:30
  • 64. Zdenek ŠTYBAR, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:37
  • 65. Erik BASKA, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:37
  • 66. Andreas SCHILLINGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:43
  • 67. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:56
  • 68. Etienne VAN EMPEL, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:56
  • 69. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:56
  • 70. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:56
  • 71. Giuseppe FONZI, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 1:56
  • 72. Jarl SALOMEIN, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 1:56
  • 73. Christophe MASSON, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 1:56
  • 74. Oliver NAESEN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:56
  • 75. Lawrence NAESEN, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 1:56
  • 76. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:56
  • 77. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:56
  • 78. Ludwig DE WINTER, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 1:56
  • 79. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:56
  • 80. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:56
  • 81. Ludovic ROBEET, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 1:56
  • 82. Jenthe BIERMANS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:56
  • 83. Elie GESBERT, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:56
  • 84. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:56
  • 85. Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:56
  • 86. Nikolas MAES, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:56
  • 87. Jelle WALLAYS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:56
  • 88. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:56
  • 89. Michal KOLÁR, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:56
  • 90. PIERRE LUC PERICHON, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 1:56
  • 91. Tony GALLOPIN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:56
  • 92. Daniel HOELGAARD, FDJ, at 1:56
  • 93. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 1:56
  • 94. Brian VAN GOETHEM, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 1:56
  • 95. Michaël VAN STAEYEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:56
  • 96. Hugo Hofstetter, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:04
  • 97. Florian SENECHAL, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 2:45
  • 98. Kevin DELTOMBE, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:10
  • 99. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:10
  • 100. Rafael ANDRIATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 3:10
  • 101. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 3:25
  • 102. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at 3:25
  • 103. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:25
  • 104. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 3:25
  • 105. Jesper ASSELMAN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 3:25
  • 106. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:25
  • 107. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 3:25
  • 108. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:25
  • 109. Alexis GOUGEARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:36
  • 110. Franck BONNAMOUR, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 3:36
  • 111. Jonas RICKAERT, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:49
  • 112. Bert VAN LERBERGHE, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:49
  • 113. Maxime FARAZIJN, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 3:49
  • 114. Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 3:49
  • 115. Kenneth VANBILSEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 3:49
  • 116. Maarten WYNANTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:49
  • 117. Tyler FARRAR, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 4:24
  • 118. Baptiste PLANCKAERT, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 4:55
  • 119. Mads Würtz SCHMIDT, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 4:55
  • 120. Robert Thomas WAGNER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:55
  • 121. Gijs VAN HOECKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:55
  • 122. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, at 5:25
  • 123. Gregory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:26
  • 124. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:26
  • 125. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:26
  • 126. Zhandos BIZHIGITOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:26
  • 127. Francis MOUREY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT, at 5:26
  • 128. Eugert ZHUPA, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 5:26
  • 129. Matthias BRÄNDLE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:26
  • 130. Matteo DRAPERI, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 5:26
  • 131. Edward PLANCKAERT, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 5:26
  • 132. Michael GOOLAERTS, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 5:26
  • 133. Elias VAN BREUSSEGEM, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 5:26
  • 134. Otto VERGAERDE, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 5:26
  • 135. Nico DENZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:26
  • 136. Taco VAN DER HOORN, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 5:26
  • 137. Mark MCNALLY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:26
  • 138. Tom SCULLY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:26
  • 139. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 5:26
  • 140. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 6:11
  • 141. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:22
  • 142. Steven LAMMERTINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:24
  • 143. Lars BOOM, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:26
  • 144. Stijn STEELS, SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE, at 7:26
  • 145. Pim LIGTHART, ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ, at 7:26
  • 146. Timo ROOSEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 7:26
  • 147. Julien STASSEN, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT, at 7:26
  • 148. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 7:26
  • 149. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 7:26
  • 150. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:26
  • 151. Matteo PELUCCHI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 7:26
  • 152. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:51
  • 153. Max WALSCHEID, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:05
  • 154. Christophe PRÉMONT, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN, at 13:26
  • 155. Marco MATHIS, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 13:26
  • DNF Roy JANS, WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • DNF Phil BAUHAUS, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Mark RENSHAW, TEAM DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE
  • DNF Stef VAN ZUMMEREN, VERANDA’S WILLEMS – CRELAN
  • DNF André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Dimitri CLAEYS, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Mads PEDERSEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Daniel MCLAY, FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT
  • DNF Danny VAN POPPEL, TEAM SKY
  • DNF Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAM
  • DSQ Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT