Alexander Kristoff was author of a perfect tactical race in the Scheldeprijs (1.Pro) and offered Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux the sixth victory of the season thanks to a solo effort of more than 7 kilometer.
The Norwegian rider and his teammate Gerben Thijssen were among the fourteen riders who formed the first echelon when crosswinds split the peloton in the open fields in Zealand after only 20 kilometer. Unfortunately, Thijssen didn’t accompany the former European champion because of a crash with 135 kilometer to go.
Thanks to a good collaboration, the leading group managed to keep the chasers at a distance of more than 30 seconds until the local laps around Schoten. Behind the tenacity of the Kristoff group, the chase gave up hope with 40 kilometer to go, enabling the leaders to play a tactical game in the final race hour.
Alexander Kristoff was alone against several teams with stronger numbers and managed the several accelerations well, until he attacked himself on the cobbles of the Broekstraat (650m). He quickly dropped his competitors and started a solo effort of more than 7 kilometer in the rain.
By crossing the line as a winner, the Norwegian rider broke with the tradition of « world championships for sprinters » in this Scheldeprijs. Kristoff added his name to the palmares of the oldest Flemish classic for the second time after his first win in 2015.