Cannondale-Drapac will support Tom Van Asbroeck in the 105th edition of Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. The 202-kilometer mid-week classic favors the fast finishers with Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) having won five of the last six races.
“Every classic I do, I get better,” said Van Asbroeck. “I had a bit of a bad start at Omloop because of illness, but at the moment I’m on one of the highest levels of my career. It’s always going to be hard going up against some of the best sprinters and sprint teams in the world, but in cycling everything is possible.”
The Scheldeprijs start has been moved from Antwerp to Mol, the hometown of Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors). The Belgian will stop racing after Paris-Roubaix, and the re-route is a nod to his impending retirement. As usual, the race finishes with three local laps of 16.8 kilometers.
“It’s not a real cobble classic,” said Van Asbroeck. “It’s a sprint classic. The danger points on Wednesday will totally depend on the wind.”
With Taylor Phinney and Sep Vanmarcke currently recovering from injuries sustained during Ronde van Vlaanderen, Cannondale-Drapac has opted to start with only six riders.
“It’s always better to have more man power,” said Van Asbroeck. “If we have to set something up, we don’t have as many riders to use, but better here than a real cobble race to have only six.”
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Scheldeprijs departs Mol at 12:15pm CET (4:15am MDT) and is expected to finish around 5:10pm CET (9:10am MDT). The live broadcast is expected to begin on Eurosport at 3:15pm (7:15am MDT).
Cannondale-Drapac for Scheldeprijs:
Paddy Bevin (NZL)
Will Clarke (AUS)
Sebastain Langeveld (NZL)
Tom Scully (NZL)
Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)
Wouter Wippert (NDL)