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Scheldeprijs 2018

The Scheldeprijs 2018 will be its 106th edition and will be held in the Netherlands on Wednesday 4th April. The route will see the cyclists start in the Dutch town of Terneuzen and take on a potentially wind-disrupted route through Zeeland, before heading into Belgium for the final circuit in Schoten. This year, the route has undergone a major change from previous editions with a brand new start location.

Organised by Flanders Classics, the Scheldeprijs is part of the Europe Tour 2018 and is hosted in between the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix.

The year of change

For the first time, the race will start across the Belgian border in the Netherlands, which means the route itself differs vastly from previous years. Normally the start and finish was in the province of Antwerp. However, Antwerp is now the start place of the Tour of Flanders, replacing Bruges in 2017. Therefore, last year’s Scheldeprijs began in Mol in honour of the retiring Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen, who completed the Scheldeprijs as his last race on home soil as a professional.

A race across borders

The majority of the race, approximately 135 km, will see the peloton race across the Netherlands, before crossing south into Belgium. The main challenge in the first section will be facing the often challenging North Sea winds. As the Tour de France peloton found out in 2015, tackling the winds on the flat roads of Zeeland can be extremely hard work. However, the outcome of the race will likely be decided with a sprint in Schoten, unless a breakaway group can use the winds to get enough distance between them and the peloton.

Due to the favourable sprinters race, it normally attracts a host of big name sprinters who eye up the glory. In 2018, it’s expected to be no different. The start list is expected to be very strong with eleven World Tour teams joining the race, including Katusha-Alpecin, the team of the defending 2017 champion and five-time winner Marcel Kittel. Joining them will be fellow sprinters in the form of Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish and Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel. If it does indeed go down to a sprint finish, it beckons to be a great finale. Additionally, Quick-Step Floors, Bora-Hansgrohe, FDJ, Astana, Team Sunweb, Team Sky, EF Education First-Drapac and LottoNL-Jumbo will be bringing teams.

Joining these World Tour teams are a number of Pro Continental teams including Sport Vlaanderen, Veranda's Willems-Crelan, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, WB Aqua Project-Veranclassic, Cofidis, Fortuneo-Samsic, Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, Vital Concept, Aqua Blue Sport and Israel Cycling Academy.