Schoten, Belgium — Argos-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel won the Scheldeprijs race Wednesday, making it two straight at the midweek Belgian semi-classic. The German rider’s Argos-Shimano teammates set him up for the final sprint, and Kittel powered past former world champion Mark Cavendish to take the win on his Felt F1 FRD team bike.
“I was really focused on this day and it’s awesome to win again,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com after his victory. “I was really lucky Tom Veelers could bring me to the front. From 250 meters to go I went full gas on the left side. There was a bit of a headwind but I was able to hold it.”
The 204km race started in Antwerp under cold, dry conditions and finished with three circuits in the town of Schoten. After an early three-man breakaway, the sprinters’ teams took over with 20km left to go. Battling against Omega Pharma, Lotto, Blanco and Sky, the Argos-Shimano team ultimately won out, taking control with 2km to go.
The team now turns its attention to this weekend’s cobblestone classic, Paris-Roubaix.