A full day in the spotlight was what the Riwal Securitas riders provided at today’s “World Championships” for sprinters, known as Scheldeprijs. After both Elmar Reinders and Piotr Havik flew the team colors in the breakaways
Fast man Arvid De Kleijn sprinted to 7th in the hectic sprint to the line, where August Jensen unfortunately crashed hard on the closing meters. The Norwegian rider is doing okay under the circumstances, though he hit the ground hard and suffered some road rash to the head and body.
“It was nearly a perfect day for us, until August crashed hard in the final”, said sports director Michael Skelde after the race. “Fortunately he’s okay and nothing seems to be broken.”
Both Arvid and August sat perfectly for the sprint in the end and were both allowed to sprint for a top result, which succeeded for the Dutchman.
“In these very hectic sprints we wanted to sprint with both riders just in case one of them should be boxed in, and it went almost exactly as we wanted. Had August not crashed it’s very likely to have had two riders in the top ten, but that’s always easy to say afterwards”, says Skelde.
Piotr Havik spent most of the day in the breakaway taking over from Elmar Reinders, who spent the first 15 kilometers in front. Piotr was the last man standing as he attacked solo on the final lap and was caught just 10 kilometers from the line.
“Pretty much everything went according to plan today, and we showed ourselves yet again on the big stage, so all in all a very good day for the team despite the unfortunate end with August”, ends Michael Skelde.