Scheldeprijs, with its pan-flat course, has come to be known as the unofficial sprinters’ world championships. What better setting, then, for Marcel Kittel to provide confirmation that he is returning to the heights of his powers, and is ready to re-establish himself as the top sprinter in the world.
The difference was small but Mark Cavendish had to leave the honor to Kittel and finished second in Schoten. The British riders was disappointed although he realized Kittel was too strong: “I caught up to Kittel but when I was next to him Kittel was able to accelerate once more”
Marcel Kittel won the Scheldeprijs for the fourth time. The excited German told the press: “I am glad that I won, even though I had some problem in the sprint with my gear”.
His annus horribilis is a fast-fading memory at this point in time. Marcel Kittel had already taken six wins this season prior to starting Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, but hitting the line first in Schoten 207.8 kilometres later was the biggest confirmation yet: he’s back.
- 1 Marcel Kittel
- 2 Mark Cavendish
- 3 André Greipel
Victories per countryGo to Hall of fame
- 1 76 victories
- 2 9 victories
- 3 6 victories