Scheldeprijs

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Scheldeprijs
Race details
Date Mid April
Region Antwerp, Belgium
English name Grand Prize of the Schelde
Local name(s) Scheldeprijs (Dutch)
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Single-day
History
First edition 1907 (1907)
Editions 102 (as of 2014)
First winner  Maurice Leturgie (FRA)
Most wins  Piet Oellibrandt (BEL)
 Mark Cavendish (GBR)
 Marcel Kittel (GER)
(3 wins)
Most recent  Marcel Kittel (GER)

The Scheldeprijs is a Flanders Classics cycling race which starts in Antwerp and finishes in Schoten. The event, ranked at 1.HC on the UCI European calendar, is seen as a race for sprinters, held on flat roads over roughly 200 kilometres.[1] The race is one circuit of 155 kilometres into the countryside of Antwerp province followed by three circuits of 15 kilometres based on Schoten. The route includes seven cobbled sections varying between 1300 and 3000 metres.[2] Until 2009 the race took place in mid-April on the Wednesday following Paris–Roubaix. In 2010, after The Scheldeprijs joined Flanders Classics the race switched date with the Brabantse Pijl to attract more and better racers. It has formerly been known as the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen. Until the 1990s, English language sources tended to refer to the race by the French version of its name, Grand Prix de l'Escaut, even though the race has always been held wholly within Dutch-speaking territory. From 2010, the race is simply known as Scheldeprijs.

The race has 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 is outside Schoten town hall.

The first Scheldeprijs was organised by the Antwerp branch of the Belgian cycling federation (BWB) on July 8, 1907 making it the oldest cycle race in Flanders.[3] In its early years it started and finished in Antwerp, concluding at the now demolished Zurenborg velodrome. Later the start moved to Merksem and then Deurne, both satellite towns of Antwerp. In 1996 the start moved back to the centre of Antwerp. The first race in 1907 was won by the Frenchman Maurice Leturgie. It would be 46 years before another non-Belgian (Dutchman Hans Dekkers in 1953) triumphed. Since 1978 the nationality of the race winner has become more diversified.

Only the World Wars interrupted the event. The Scheldeprijs celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007.

Prominent winners include Eddy Merckx, Rik van Looy, Mario Cipollini, Freddy Maertens, Roger De Vlaeminck, Erik Zabel, Briek Schotte, Stan Ockers, Georges Ronsse and Tom Boonen. The Belgian Piet Oellibrandt jointly holds the record for most wins with Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, all having recorded three victories. 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 in Antwerp market place.”[4]

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1907 France Leturgie, MauriceMaurice Leturgie (FRA)
1908 Belgium Kranskens, AdrienAdrien Kranskens (BEL)
1909 Belgium Parijs, Raymond VanRaymond Van Parijs (BEL)
1910 Belgium Luyckx, FlorentFlorent Luyckx (BEL)
1911 Belgium Luyckx, FlorentFlorent Luyckx (BEL)
1912 Belgium Wetter, Joseph VanJoseph Van Wetter (BEL)
1913 Belgium Wetter, Joseph VanJoseph Van Wetter (BEL)
1914 Belgium Jacques, OctaveOctave Jacques (BEL)
1915-
1918
No race
1919 Belgium Mechant, IsidoorIsidoor Mechant (BEL)
1920 Belgium Lenaers, VictorVictor Lenaers (BEL)
1921 Belgium Vermandel, ReneRené Vermandel (BEL)
1922 Belgium Vandenbergh, FlorentFlorent Vandenbergh (BEL)
1923 Belgium Thollembeek, EmileEmile Thollembeek (BEL)
1924 Belgium Vermandel, ReneRené Vermandel (BEL)
1925 Belgium Hassel, Karel VanKarel Van Hassel (BEL)
1926 Belgium Dervaes, JefJef Dervaes (BEL)
1927 Belgium Ronsse, GeorgesGeorges Ronsse (BEL)
1928 Belgium Dervaes, JefJef Dervaes (BEL)
1929 Belgium Wauters, JosephJoseph Wauters (BEL)
1930 Belgium Verschueren, DenisDenis Verschueren (BEL)
1931 Belgium Devoght, GodefriedGodefried Devoght (BEL)
1932 Belgium Devoght, GodefriedGodefried Devoght (BEL)
1933 Belgium Horemans, Jan-JozefJan-Jozef Horemans (BEL)
1934 Belgium Tommies, LeonLéon Tommies (BEL)
1935 Belgium Loncke, GerardGerard Loncke (BEL)
1936 Belgium Schil, Marcel VanMarcel Van Schil (BEL)
1937 Belgium Grysolle, SylvainSylvain Grysolle (BEL)
1938 Belgium Dignef, AntoineAntoine Dignef (BEL)
1939 Belgium Buysse, AchielAchiel Buysse (BEL)
1940 No race
1941 Belgium Ockers, StanStan Ockers (BEL)
1942 Belgium Busschops, LodeLode Busschops (BEL)
1943 Belgium Meulenberg, EloiEloi Meulenberg (BEL)
1944 No race
1945 No race
1946 Belgium Ockers, StanStan Ockers (BEL)
1947 Belgium Mertens, ReneRené Mertens (BEL)
1948 Belgium Buysse, AchielAchiel Buysse (BEL)
1949 Belgium Decorte, RogerRoger Decorte (BEL)
1950 Belgium Pieters, AndreAndré Pieters (BEL)
1951 Belgium Sterckx, ErnestErnest Sterckx (BEL)
1952 Belgium Decorte, RogerRoger Decorte (BEL)
1953 Netherlands Dekkers, HansHans Dekkers (NED)
1954 Belgium Decock, RogerRoger Decock (BEL)
1955 Belgium Schotte, BriekBriek Schotte (BEL)
1956 Belgium Looy, Rik VanRik Van Looy (BEL)
1957 Belgium Looy, Rik VanRik Van Looy (BEL)
1958 Belgium Vrancken, RaymondRaymond Vrancken (BEL)
1959 Belgium Butzen, WillyWilly Butzen (BEL)
1960 Belgium Oellibrandt, PietPiet Oellibrandt (BEL)
1961 Belgium Vrancken, RaymondRaymond Vrancken (BEL)
1962 Belgium Oellibrandt, PietPiet Oellibrandt (BEL)
1963 Belgium Oellibrandt, PietPiet Oellibrandt (BEL)
1964 Belgium Hoevenaers, JosJos Hoevenaers (BEL)
1965 Belgium Vannitsen, WillyWilly Vannitsen (BEL)
1966 Belgium Spruyt, JosephJoseph Spruyt (BEL)
1967 Belgium In 't Ven, PaulPaul In 't Ven (BEL)
1968 Belgium Sels, EdwardEdward Sels (BEL)
1969 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL)
1970 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
1971 Belgium Van Roosbroeck, GustaafGustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL)
1972 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL)
1973 Belgium Maertens, FreddyFreddy Maertens (BEL)
1974 Belgium Demeyer, MarcMarc Demeyer (BEL)
1975 Belgium Witte, Ronald DeRonald De Witte (BEL)
1976 Belgium Verbeeck, FransFrans Verbeeck (BEL)
1977 Belgium Demeyer, MarcMarc Demeyer (BEL)
1978 Germany Thurau, DietrichDietrich Thurau (GER)
1979 Belgium Willems, DanielDaniel Willems (BEL)
1980 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL)
1981 Netherlands Wijnands, AdAd Wijnands (NED)
1982 Belgium Schurgers, LudoLudo Schurgers (BEL)
1983 Belgium Bogaert, JanJan Bogaert (BEL)
1984 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL)
1985 Netherlands Poel, Adri van derAdri van der Poel (NED)
1986 Netherlands Poppel, Jean-Paul vanJean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
1987 Belgium Wilde, Etienne DeEtienne De Wilde (BEL)
1988 Netherlands Poppel, Jean-Paul vanJean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
1989 Belgium Wampers, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Wampers (BEL)
1990 Netherlands Talen, JohnJohn Talen (NED)
1991 Italy Cipollini, MarioMario Cipollini (ITA)
1992 Belgium Nelissen, WilfriedWilfried Nelissen (BEL)
1993 Italy Cipollini, MarioMario Cipollini (ITA)
1994 Belgium Petegem, Peter VanPeter Van Petegem (BEL)
1995 Italy Brasi, RossanoRossano Brasi (ITA)
1996 Belgium Vandenbroucke, FrankFrank Vandenbroucke (BEL)
1997 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER)
1998 Netherlands Knaven, ServaisServais Knaven (NED)
1999 Netherlands Blijlevens, JeroenJeroen Blijlevens (NED)
2000 Italy Leoni, EndrioEndrio Leoni (ITA) Alessio
2001 Italy Leoni, EndrioEndrio Leoni (ITA) Alessio
2002 Australia Macewen, RobbieRobbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto-Adecco
2003 Belgium Capelle, LudovicLudovic Capelle (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
2004 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step-Davitamon
2005 Netherlands Veneberg, ThorwaldThorwald Veneberg (NED) Rabobank
2006 Belgium Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step-Innergetic
2007 United Kingdom Cavendish, MarkMark Cavendish (GBR) T-Mobile Team
2008 United Kingdom Cavendish, MarkMark Cavendish (GBR) Team High Road
2009 Italy Petacchi, AlessandroAlessandro Petacchi (ITA) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini
2010 United States Farrar, TylerTyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions
2011 United Kingdom Cavendish, MarkMark Cavendish (GBR) HTC-Highroad
2012 Germany Kittel, MarcelMarcel Kittel (GER) Argos-Shimano
2013 Germany Kittel, MarcelMarcel Kittel (GER) Argos-Shimano
2014 Germany Kittel, MarcelMarcel Kittel (GER) Giant-Shimano

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Reflections from the cobbled classics". Cycling Tips. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  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. 

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