On the provisional start list of the 109th Scheldeprijs with Bennett and Merlier among others, there are a lot of fast men who after the start in Terneuzen have to survive in the windy province of Zeeland. Then they can get ready in Schoten for the annual unofficial world championship for sprinters. Discover the provisional startlist here.
After the Scheldeprijs was forced to skip the start in Terneuzen in October, the race can once again start just over the Belgian border on Wednesday, April 7. This means that Zeeland is back on the menu, with possible echelons along the way. The Irishman Bennett already proved in Gent-Wevelgem last weekend that he knows how to ride in echelons. The sprinter of Deceuninck - Quick-Step will also get his lead-out Morkov with him on the roads, according to the provisional start list.
The Italian Nizzolò (Team Qhubeka Assos) also showed on Sunday that a windy course suits him. The European champion sprinted in the wheel of Van Aert to a second place. For Total Direct Energie, Bonifazio can bring out his fastest legs after finishing second on Churchilllaan in Schoten last year.
With Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) and Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) there is also some fierce German competition in the race. In addition, Alpecin-Fenix is also a team to keep an eye on without a doubt. Former Belgian champion Merlier has already shown off his legs several times this spring and will be at the start together with Philipsen. Groupama-FDJ puts its hopes on Démare, champion of France, and Geniets, champion of Luxembourg.
At Team DSM they have Cees Bol in their midst, for Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB Dupont is the head man on duty. B&B Hotels P/B KTM a will bring the duo Coquard-Debusschere to the start.
Discover the provisional start list below, which always remains subject to the COVID-19 protocol.