The race course of the Scheldeprijs was revealed today in Terneuzen. The 108th edition of the race will start here on the 8th of April. Due to changes in the course, the race will be even more tailor-made for sprinters. Therefore, the Scheldeprijs returns to its roots as the unofficial world championships of sprinting.
After two successful editions the Scheldeprijs starts just across the border in Terneuzen for the third time now. The riders take off at 12.15pm on the Stadhuisplein for their 200 kilometres of racing towards Schoten. Jack Begijn, councilman of sports of Terneuzen is very happy with the news. “We are very proud to host the start of the oldest of the Flemish Spring classics in Terneuzen again. The addition of an extra local loop around Terneuzen makes it even better. This means the peloton crosses the start line on the Scheldeboulevard a second time before the race starts in earnest. We expect to welcome many Flemish and Dutch cycling fans to Terneuzen again.”
Contrary to previous years, the official start is now given before the tunnel underneath the Westerschelde which gives the race an extra twist in 2020. The passage through the Westerschelde tunnel brings the riders to the island of Zuid-Beveland where wide, windy roads and narrow dykes around the polders await them. Just like in the previous two editions the wind might play an important role in deciding the race’s outcome.
The race travels through the Dutch province of Zeeland for 100 kilometres making it fifty/fifty this year between Dutch and Belgian soil. Representative Jo-Annes de Bat of the provincial government of Zeeland is proud to welcome the Scheldeprijs peloton again. “A race alongside the shores of the Schelde river, on the border between land and sea. The beautiful kilometres through Zeeland will really wear out the riders. I am really looking forward to it again.”
Via Goes, Yerseke and Ossendrecht the race goes to Putte-Kapellen where the peloton will cross the border to Belgium towards Schoten.
The race continues with three local laps of 17,4 kilometres around Schoten after the first time the peloton crosses the finish line on the Churchilllaan. The local lap has not changed, meaning the riders face the cobbles on the Broekstraat in Wijnegem again. At the end of the third local lap the peloton prepares for the annual, unofficial Spring world championships of sprinting.
We will know around 5.15pm if Fabio Jakobsen proves again that he has the fastest legs of them all. Mayor Maarten De Veuster already informs us Schoten will welcome the peloton with open arms. “The Scheldeprijs is a cycling highlight everyone in Schoten looks forward to. Furthermore, we are all very happy that the upcoming six editions of the Scheldeprijs will stay in Schoten."
Photo (c): Sigfrid Eggers