The GP Scheldeprijs is part of the Belgian series of spring classics and represents one of the easier races compared to it's tougher Flemish siblings like Ronde van Vlaanderen. The race is often described as being the sprinters unofficial world championships, since it usually ends in a bunch sprint and most of the worlds top sprinters are present to go for the win.
First edition of the race was in 1907 and with winners like Mario Cipollini, Rik van Looy, Freddy Maertens, Erik Zabel, Robbie McEwan, Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish, Alessandro Petacchi, Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff, there's no doubt that this race can be described as a sprinters paradise. The German Marcel Kittel holds the record of most wins with five victories won over a period of six years.
"I believe, if we can avoid bad luck, that Brøchner can deliver a great result tomorrow", says directeur sportif Michael Skelde. "It’s a strong peloton we’re going up against. Probably one of the strongest we’ve competed against in terms of how many WorldTour-teams are here. It’s going to be great to get to go out and show ourselves along them."
"The race usually ends in a bunch sprint - it depends on how strong the wind will get, but there’s a high chance it’ll end in a sprint from a large group. There’s always a huge interest from most of the teams to get to the finish with their sprinter. It’s a race where people slowly fall off from the back, but I believe that Brøchner will be there, and I think he has the skills and strength to do a top 10 tomorrow, which I see as a very good result for us."
"Besides that, we have to be visible and try to catch a breakaway to show, that we’ve been here, and we’ve participated in the race. So, there’s a partial goal in being visible and a bigger goal in achieving a top 10, which I believe to be a possibility."
Last year's winners:
2018: Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors)
2017: Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)
2016: Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick-Step)
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