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Scheldeprijs : Danny Van Poppel (4th) : "My best spring campaign ever"

Scheldeprijs : Danny Van Poppel (4th) : "My best spring campaign ever"

The 108th edition of Scheldeprijs (1.Pro, 07/04), which makes it the oldest Belgian spring classic, was ridden today. The peloton left in the Dutch city Terneuzen for a race of 194 kilometers on a renewed course. Last year this traditional race for sprinters was limited to the finish area in Schoten, of course due the Covid19. Today the riders crossed the Dutch province South-Beveland to  litterallyr race to the local circuit in and around Schoten.

After a little more than fifteen kilometres, after leaving the Western Scheldt Tunnel we already saw the first echelons were being formed.  The bunch was immediately split into two big groups. But this situation didn’t last long, due to the stiff wind there suddenly were more and more different groups. The riders were spared from hail and snow but meanwhile a lot of riders crashed. Many of them had to abandon the race. One of them was our Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn, who was at that moment in position to follow the best riders of the race. He left Scheldeprijs out of precaution.

Due to his crash the peloton, which had started to calm down a bit, got divided into different groups again. This time thirteen riders joined forces. One of them was our Dutch sprinter Danny Van Poppel, who was accompanied by fast guys such as Ackermann, Bennett and Philipsen. After chasing them for a few kilometres, seventeen riders joined them so this made a group of thirty. The collaboration in this group went smoothly so no-one would close the gap anymore. The thirty leaders were going to battle for victory.

Belgian Jasper Philipsen won the sprint Deceuninck-Quick Step took the rest of the podium spots with Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish. Danny Van Poppel once again showed off his great form by sprinting to a strong fouth place! After his third place in 2014, it’s safe to say that Scheldeprijs suits him perfectly. But it’s not only today that he showed his worth: since Ghent-Wevelgem our ‘Flying Dutchman’ never missed a beat.

Danny Van Poppel :
«Today’s race was very nervous. In Zealand it was echelon time. I was well-positioned and later on I was happy to see that my teammate Jonas Koch was able to join me in the first group. We were both ready for the final. Jonas did an excellent job by dropping me off in a good position for the sprint.  Unfortunately I got closed so in the beginning of the sprint, I couldn’t give my all. That’s a shame because I sprinted really fast at the end."

"Right after the finish line I was a bit disappointed because I had gotten so close to the podium but I quickly realised this was a solid performance, to say the least. Mainly because this is a nice place of honor. This might have been my best spring campaign ever, I rode the finals of GP LE Samyn and Ghent-Wevelgem but my results never reflected how good I really was. Now that I finally have this fourth place, I am quite satisfied. I feel Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is the right team for me and I’m glad to give something back to them. Everyone, staff as well as team mates, supports me and that’s not the case in every cycling team»

Scheldeprijs :
1. Jasper Philippsen
2. Sam Bennett
3. Mark Cavendish
4. Danny Van Poppel
29. Jonas Koch
35. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
39. Boy Van Poppel
67. Wesley Kreder
DNF Riccardo Minali
DNF Taco van der Hoorn