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President of the Federation Tom Van Damme was a distinguished guest at the start of the Scheldeprijs. Van Damme, who is also the President of the International Cycling Union, UCI, road commission, is under the spell of the Scheldeprijs. “I believe the event deserves to make part of the World Tour”, stated Van Damme. “A race of such magnitude and starting in a great place like the MAS may and must set its sights higher.”
The organizers of the Scheldeprijs are for sure really happy with that win and must feel very thankful to Alexander Kristoff. There was indeed a risk for this year edition to become a rather poor one. The best sprinters indeed withdrew one by one, presenting or not a medical certificate. The organizers were so angry it was possible to hear their cry of despair beyond the Schelde. And then, such a winner! Yesterday, the Norwegian rider saved the organizers from a difficult situation. He at the same time saved the status of the Scheldeprijs as the sprinters’ classic between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, showing that it is indeed possible, with such a race, such a date and such a course, to have such a great winner.
Our fellow countryman Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) took the second place of the 103rd edition of the Scheldeprijs. He is feeling very happy with his result and is beginning to become more and more a sprinter able to win massive sprints. “Today only a very strong Kristoff was able to defeat me and I have to be proud of my result”, stated Theuns.