Fabio Jakobsen celebrates in the Scheldeprijs
Apr 04 2018 11:07 pm CET

Fabio Jakobsen celebrates in the Scheldeprijs
Fabio Jakobsen celebrates in the Scheldeprijs
Photo of Fabio Jakobsen (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors' Fabio Jakobsen has won the Scheldeprijs. The Dutchman was the fastest rider in the final sprint and took his second victory with the team.

The 200.4 kilometre long race started with a break in the peloton that was caused by the speed of the front men when they were trying to neutralise all the attempts to escape. Moments later, a solid breakaway was formed by eight riders including Sean De Bie (Verandas Willems-Crelan), Guillaume Van Kreisbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Jan-Willem van Schip (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij).

With around 100 kilometres to go, and as the escape group was close to being neutralised, the second part of the peloton ignored a railroad crossing and was disqualified. Among the riders that were disqualified were Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Meanwhile, in front, the escapees were caught and Owain Doull (Sky) and Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ) managed to escape from the reduced peloton, creating a considerable gap with the pack. With 10 kilometres to go, defending champion Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) suffered a puncture and was left behind by the reduced peloton.

At eight kilometres from the finish, Doull and Duchesne were caught and behind them, Kittel gave up on the attempt to catch the pack. With four kilometres to go, LottoNL-Jumbo's Jos van Emden launched an attack but was soon reeled back in as Matti Breschel and Van Keirsbulck also unsuccessfully tried their luck.

Quick-Step Floors was in front of the group as the pack entered the last kilometre and though other teams tried to disrupt its sprint train, Fabio Jakobsen was well positioned and strong enough to take the victory of the race. This is the second victory for the 21-year-old with the Belgian team.



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