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The Scheldeprijs is a cycling race in Belgium and the Netherlands which starts in Terneuzen, crosses the Scheldt River, and finishes in Schoten. Until 2018 it was held entirely in Belgium. The event, ranked as a 1.HC race on the UCI Europe Tour, features mostly sprinters on its roll of honour, as it is held on all-flat roads over roughly 200 kilometres.[1]

Scheldeprijs
Schoten - Scheldeprijs, 8 april 2015, aankomst (C13).JPG
First finish passage of the 2015 Scheldeprijs
DateMid April
RegionAntwerp, Belgium
English nameGrand Prize of the Scheldt
Local name(s)Scheldeprijs ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeSingle-day
Web sitewww.scheldeprijs.be Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1907 (1907)
Editions107 (as of 2019)
First winner Maurice Leturgie (FRA)
Most wins Marcel Kittel (GER)
(5 wins)
Most recent Fabio Jakobsen (NED)

First held in 1907, it is the oldest still-existing cycling event in Flanders, Belgium's cycling-crazed northern part, notably six years older than the Tour of Flanders monument race. The race had its only interruptions during both World Wars and celebrated its 100th edition in 2012. German sprinter Marcel Kittel holds the record with five wins.[2]

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HistoryEdit

The first Scheldeprijs was organised by the Antwerp branch of the Belgian cycling federation (BWB) on July 8, 1907 – making it the oldest cycling race in Flanders.[3] In its early years it started and ended in Antwerp, finishing at the now demolished Zurenborg velodrome. Later the start moved to Merksem and then Deurne, on the outskirts of Antwerp. In 1996, the start moved back to the centre of Antwerp. The inaugural race in 1907 was won by Frenchman Maurice Léturgie. It would be 46 years before another non-Belgian – Dutchman Hans Dekkers – triumphed in 1953.

From the 1980s until 2009, the race was held in mid-April on the Wednesday following Paris–Roubaix. In 2010, when the Scheldeprijs was purchased by Flanders Classics, the event swapped dates with Gent–Wevelgem and has since been held on the Wednesday between the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix. It has formerly been known as Scheldeprijs Schoten and Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen.[N 1] Since 2010, the race is simply known as Scheldeprijs.

Prominent winners include Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy, Mario Cipollini, Freddy Maertens, Roger De Vlaeminck, Erik Zabel, Briek Schotte, Stan Ockers, Georges Ronsse, Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen. German sprinter Marcel Kittel holds the record for most wins with five victories between 2012 and 2017. Belgian classics specialist Johan Museeuw, who finished second in 1992 and 1997, chose the 2004 event as his final race, saying, “I could have retired after Paris–Roubaix but I felt it important that my last race should be in Belgium. The Scheldeprijs is a great race and I especially love the start on Antwerp's market place.”[4]

RouteEdit

The current route, starting with the 2018 edition, rolls out from Terneuzen, then passes through the Western Scheldt Tunnel before racing starts near Ellewoutsdijk. It takes a 129.8 kilometre tour of the islands of Walcheren, North and South Beveland in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands before crossing the border into Belgium, taking three laps on a local circuit and finishing at Churchilllaan in Schoten.[5]

The previous race course consisted of one 155 kilometres lap in the countryside of Antwerp province followed by three smaller laps of 15 kilometres in and around Schoten. That route included seven cobbled sections varying between 1300 and 3000 metres.[6] The race had a neutralised start on the banks of the River Schelde in the centre of Antwerp at the Grote Markt outside the City Hall. Racing begins in Schoten, a few kilometres north east. The finish was outside Schoten town hall.

WinnersEdit

The following cyclists have won the race:[7]

 
Frenchman Maurice Léturgie won the inaugural Scheldeprijs in 1907.
 
Local cycling icon Rik Van Looy (pictured in the rainbow jersey) won the race twice in the 1950s.
 
Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini claimed two Scheldeprijs wins in the 1990s.
 
Mark Cavendish had his breakthrough win at the 2007 Scheldeprijs, on the T-Mobile Team, and secured three victories in later years.
 
German sprinter Marcel Kittel holds the record with five wins between 2012 and 2017.
Rider Team
1907   Maurice Leturgie (FRA)
1908   Adrien Kranskens (BEL)
1909   Raymond Van Parijs (BEL)
1910   Florent Luyckx (BEL)
1911   Florent Luyckx (BEL)
1912   Joseph Van Wetter (BEL)
1913   Joseph Van Wetter (BEL)
1914   Octave Jacques (BEL)
1915-
1918
No race
1919   Isidoor Mechant (BEL)
1920   Victor Lenaers (BEL)
1921   René Vermandel (BEL)
1922   Florent Vandenbergh (BEL)
1923   Emile Thollembeek (BEL)
1924   René Vermandel (BEL) Alcyon
1925   Karel Van Hassel (BEL)
1926   Jef Dervaes (BEL) Labor-Dunlop
1927   Georges Ronsse (BEL)
1928   Jef Dervaes (BEL)
1929   Joseph Wauters (BEL)
1930   Denis Verschueren (BEL)
1931   Godefried Devoght (BEL)
1932   Godefried Devoght (BEL)
1933   Jan-Jozef Horemans (BEL)
1934   Léon Tommies (BEL) Alcyon
1935   Gerard Loncke (BEL)
1936   Marcel Van Schil (BEL)
1937   Sylvain Grysolle (BEL)
1938   Antoine Dignef (BEL)
1939   Achiel Buysse (BEL)
1940 No race
1941   Stan Ockers (BEL)
1942   Lode Busschops (BEL)
1943   Eloi Meulenberg (BEL)
1944 No race
1945 No race
1946   Stan Ockers (BEL) Metropole-Dunlop
1947   René Mertens (BEL)
1948   Achiel Buysse (BEL)
1949   Roger Decorte (BEL)
1950   André Pieters (BEL) Ryssel–Wolber
1951   Ernest Sterckx (BEL)
1952   Roger Decorte (BEL) Alcyon
1953   Hans Dekkers (NED)
1954   Roger Decock (BEL)
1955   Briek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon
1956   Rik Van Looy (BEL) Faema–Guerra
1957   Rik Van Looy (BEL) Faema–Guerra
1958   Raymond Vrancken (BEL)
1959   Willy Butzen (BEL)
1960   Piet Oellibrandt (BEL) Dr. Mann–Dossche Sport
1961   Raymond Vrancken (BEL)
1962   Piet Oellibrandt (BEL) Theugels–Robur
1963   Piet Oellibrandt (BEL) Dr. Mann
1964   Jos Hoevenaers (BEL)
1965   Willy Vannitsen (BEL)
1966   Joseph Spruyt (BEL)
1967   Paul In 't Ven (BEL)
1968   Edward Sels (BEL) Bic
1969   Walter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1971   Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) Watney–Avia
1972   Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1973   Freddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria–Carpenter–Shimano
1974   Marc Demeyer (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1975   Ronald De Witte (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1976   Frans Verbeeck (BEL) IJsboerke–Colnago
1977   Marc Demeyer (BEL) Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978   Dietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke–Gios
1979   Daniel Willems (BEL) IJsboerke–Warncke
1980   Ludo Peeters (BEL) IJsboerke–Warncke
1981   Ad Wijnands (NED) TI–Raleigh–Creda
1982   Ludo Schurgers (BEL) Masta–Puch
1983   Jan Bogaert (BEL) Europ Decor–Dries
1984   Ludo Peeters (BEL) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1985   Adri van der Poel (NED) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1986   Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Skala-Skil
1987   Etienne De Wilde (BEL) Sigma
1988   Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989   Jean-Marie Wampers (BEL) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1990   John Talen (NED) Panasonic–Sportlife
1991   Mario Cipollini (ITA) Del Tongo
1992   Wilfried Nelissen (BEL) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993   Mario Cipollini (ITA) GB–MG Maglificio
1994   Peter Van Petegem (BEL) Trident
1995   Rossano Brasi (ITA) Polti–Granarolo–Santini
1996   Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) Mapei–GB
1997   Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
1998   Servais Knaven (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1999   Jeroen Blijlevens (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
2000   Endrio Leoni (ITA) Alessio
2001   Endrio Leoni (ITA) Alessio
2002   Robbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Adecco
2003   Ludovic Capelle (BEL) Landbouwkrediet–Colnago
2004   Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Davitamon
2005   Thorwald Veneberg (NED) Rabobank
2006   Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007   Mark Cavendish (GBR) T-Mobile Team
2008   Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team High Road
2009   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) LPR Brakes–Farnese Vini
2010   Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Transitions
2011   Mark Cavendish (GBR) HTC–Highroad
2012   Marcel Kittel (GER) Argos–Shimano
2013   Marcel Kittel (GER) Argos–Shimano
2014   Marcel Kittel (GER) Giant–Shimano
2015   Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2016   Marcel Kittel (GER) Etixx–Quick-Step
2017   Marcel Kittel (GER) Quick-Step Floors
2018   Fabio Jakobsen (NED) Quick-Step Floors
2019   Fabio Jakobsen (NED) Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Multiple winnersEdit

Wins Rider Editions
5   Marcel Kittel (GER) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
3   Piet Oellibrandt (BEL) 1960, 1962, 1963
  Mark Cavendish (GBR) 2007, 2008, 2011
2   Florent Luyckx (BEL) 1910, 1911
  Joseph Van Wetter (BEL) 1912, 1913
  René Vermandel (BEL) 1921, 1924
  Godefried De Vocht (BEL) 1931, 1932
  Achiel Buysse (BEL) 1939, 1948
  Stan Ockers (BEL) 1941, 1946
  Rik Van Looy (BEL) 1956, 1957
  Raymond Vrancken (BEL) 1958, 1961
  Marc Demeyer (BEL) 1974, 1977
  Ludo Peeters (BEL) 1980, 1984
  Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED) 1986, 1988
  Mario Cipollini (ITA) 1991, 1993
  Endrio Leoni (ITA) 2000, 2001
  Tom Boonen (BEL) 2004, 2006
  Fabio Jakobsen (NED) 2018, 2019

Wins per countryEdit

Wins Country
76   Belgium
11   Netherlands
7   Germany
6   Italy
3   United Kingdom
1   Australia,   France,   Norway,   United States

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Until the 1990s, English language sources tended to refer to the race by the French translation of its name (Grand Prix de l'Escaut), even though the race has always been held wholly within Dutch-speaking territory.
  1. ^ "Scheldeprijs preview: Boonen to back off in sprinters' semi-classic". Velo News. 2012 Competitor Group, Inc. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  2. ^ Weislo, Laura. "Kittel wins Scheldeprijs for 5th time". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. ^ D'Arcy Price (12 April 2006). "94th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen - 1.HC". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ Jeff Jones (14 April 2004). "92nd Grote Scheldeprijs — Vlaanderen - 1.1". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ "The new route of the Scheldeprijs". Flanders Classics. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Reflections from the cobbled classics". Cycling Tips. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Scheldeprijs". siteducyclisme. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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