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The sprinters' turn

After two weeks of intense activity in Flanders for the specialists of the cobbled classics, it's time for Scheldeprijs, a pan-flat race perfect for sprinters.


The race starts from Terneuzen, in the south of the Netherlands, and after 80 kilometers through Dutch territory, it crosses the border with Belgium. The arrival is located in Schoten, on the outskirts of Antwerp, where the cyclists will have to cover three laps on a 17 km local circuit. In the 198 km of racing there are barely 300 meters of positive slope, so the race seems destined to a bunch sprint.


Tim Merlier (800), Pascal Ackermann (1000), Fabio Jakobsen (800), Dylan Groenewegen (600) and Alexander Kristoff (800) head the list of favorites, although there will be several more sprinters in the race: Danny Van Poppel (600), Nacer Bouhanni (400), Maximilian Walscheid (600), Stanislaw Aniolkowski (400), Lula Mezgec (400), Jordi Meeus (400), Cees Bol (600), Amaury Capiot (400), Matteo Moschetti (200), Arnaud De Lie (200), Arne Marit (200) or Timothy Dupont (200) are also fast men.