Scheldeprijs

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Scheldeprijs
Race details
Date Mid April
Region Antwerp, Belgium
English name Grand Prize of the Scheldt
Local name(s) Scheldeprijs (in Dutch)
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Single-day
History
First edition 1907 (1907)
Editions 105 (as of 2017)
First winner  Maurice Leturgie (FRA)
Most wins  Marcel Kittel (GER)
(5 wins)
Most recent  Marcel Kittel (GER)

The Scheldeprijs is a cycling race in Belgium which starts in Antwerp and finishes in Schoten. 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 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 race course consists of one 155 kilometres lap in the countryside of Antwerp province followed by three smaller laps of 15 kilometres in and around Schoten. The route includes seven cobbled sections varying between 1300 and 3000 metres.[5] 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.

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) Alcyon
1925 Belgium Hassel, Karel VanKarel Van Hassel (BEL)
1926 Belgium Dervaes, JefJef Dervaes (BEL) Labor-Dunlop
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) Alcyon
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) Metropole-Dunlop
1947 Belgium Mertens, ReneRené Mertens (BEL)
1948 Belgium Buysse, AchielAchiel Buysse (BEL)
1949 Belgium Decorte, RogerRoger Decorte (BEL)
1950 Belgium Pieters, AndreAndré Pieters (BEL) Ryssel–Wolber
1951 Belgium Sterckx, ErnestErnest Sterckx (BEL)
1952 Belgium Decorte, RogerRoger Decorte (BEL) Alcyon
1953 Netherlands Dekkers, HansHans Dekkers (NED)
1954 Belgium Decock, RogerRoger Decock (BEL)
1955 Belgium Schotte, BriekBriek Schotte (BEL) Alcyon
1956 Belgium Looy, Rik VanRik Van Looy (BEL) Faema–Guerra
1957 Belgium Looy, Rik VanRik Van Looy (BEL) Faema–Guerra
1958 Belgium Vrancken, RaymondRaymond Vrancken (BEL)
1959 Belgium Butzen, WillyWilly Butzen (BEL)
1960 Belgium Oellibrandt, PietPiet Oellibrandt (BEL) Dr. Mann–Dossche Sport
1961 Belgium Vrancken, RaymondRaymond Vrancken (BEL)
1962 Belgium Oellibrandt, PietPiet Oellibrandt (BEL) Theugels–Robur
1963 Belgium Oellibrandt, PietPiet Oellibrandt (BEL) Dr. Mann
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) Bic
1969 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria–De Clerck–Krüger
1970 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1971 Belgium Van Roosbroeck, GustaafGustaaf Van Roosbroeck (BEL) Watney–Avia
1972 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1973 Belgium Maertens, FreddyFreddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria–Carpenter–Shimano
1974 Belgium Demeyer, MarcMarc Demeyer (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1975 Belgium Witte, Ronald DeRonald De Witte (BEL) Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1976 Belgium Frans Verbeeck (BEL) IJsboerke–Colnago
1977 Belgium Demeyer, MarcMarc Demeyer (BEL) Flandria–Velda–Latina Assicurazioni
1978 Germany Thurau, DietrichDietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke–Gios
1979 Belgium Willems, DanielDaniel Willems (BEL) IJsboerke–Warncke
1980 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL) IJsboerke–Warncke
1981 Netherlands Wijnands, AdAd Wijnands (NED) TI–Raleigh–Creda
1982 Belgium Schurgers, LudoLudo Schurgers (BEL) Masta–Puch
1983 Belgium Bogaert, JanJan Bogaert (BEL) Europ Decor–Dries
1984 Belgium Peeters, LudoLudo Peeters (BEL) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1985 Netherlands Poel, Adri van derAdri van der Poel (NED) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1986 Netherlands Poppel, Jean-Paul vanJean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Skala-Skil
1987 Belgium Wilde, Etienne DeEtienne De Wilde (BEL) Sigma
1988 Netherlands Poppel, Jean-Paul vanJean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Superconfex–Yoko–Opel–Colnago
1989 Belgium Wampers, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Wampers (BEL) Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1990 Netherlands Talen, JohnJohn Talen (NED) Panasonic–Sportlife
1991 Italy Cipollini, MarioMario Cipollini (ITA) Del Tongo
1992 Belgium Nelissen, WilfriedWilfried Nelissen (BEL) Panasonic–Sportlife
1993 Italy Cipollini, MarioMario Cipollini (ITA) GB–MG Maglificio
1994 Belgium Petegem, Peter VanPeter Van Petegem (BEL) Trident
1995 Italy Brasi, RossanoRossano Brasi (ITA) Polti–Granarolo–Santini
1996 Belgium Vandenbroucke, FrankFrank Vandenbroucke (BEL) Mapei–GB
1997 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
1998 Netherlands Knaven, ServaisServais Knaven (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
1999 Netherlands Blijlevens, JeroenJeroen Blijlevens (NED) TVM–Farm Frites
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
2015 Norway Kristoff, AlexanderAlexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha
2016 Germany Kittel, MarcelMarcel Kittel (GER) Etixx–Quick-Step
2017 Germany Kittel, MarcelMarcel Kittel (GER) 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. ^ "Reflections from the cobbled classics". Cycling Tips. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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