Scheldeprijs

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Scheldeprijs
Race details
DateMid April
RegionAntwerp, Belgium
English nameGrand Prize of the Scheldt
Local name(s)Scheldeprijs (in Dutch)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeSingle-day
History
First edition1907 (1907)
Editions106 (as of 2018)
First winner Maurice Leturgie (FRA)
Most wins Marcel Kittel (GER)
(5 wins)
Most recent Fabio Jakobsen (NED)

The Scheldeprijs is a cycling race in Belgium and the Netherlands which starts in Terneuzen 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]

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]

History[edit]

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 finished in Antwerp, concluding 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 first race in 1907 was won by the Frenchman Maurice Leturgie. It would be 46 years before another non-Belgian – Dutchman Hans Dekkers – triumphed in 1953.

Until 2009 the race took place in mid-April on the Wednesday following Paris–Roubaix. In 2010, after the Scheldeprijs was purchased by Flanders Classics, the race switched 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. Marcel Kittel holds the record for most wins having recorded five 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]

Route[edit]

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 state of Zeeland in the Netherlands before crossing the border into Belgium, taking three laps of 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.

Winners[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.

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