Alexander Kristoff of Katusha continued his domination of the Belgian classics season by winning the final event, the Scheldeprijs, in a chaotic sprint over Edward Theuns of Topsport Vlaanderen. With the Cobbles Season about to cross the border into Northern France, it's all Kristoff's world now, after his fifth consecutive victory in a mass-start stage which began eight days ago in Driedaagse De Panne, and includes the Monumental Tour of Flanders.
Almost nothing of consequence happened in the race, which in the Scheldeprijs can be a good thing, thanks to a history of nasty crashes. This tendency raised its ugly head inside the final kilometer, when Astana's Andrea Guardini fell into the wheel of Etixx-Quick Step sprinter Elia Viviani, causing a massive pileup that sent Viviani to the hospital with a suspected clavicle fracture. Luckily nobody else seemed to be seriously injured.
Kristoff had plenty of help avoiding the crash and finishing off the sprint, ahead of a hard-charging Theuns. Kristoff cimply charged straight up the road in the last 100 meters and nobody could come around him. Yahueni Hutarovich was third.
|1||NOO||Alexander Kristoff||CAT||5u03'52 "|
|2||BEL||Edward Theuns||TSV||+0 "|
|3||WRU||Yevgeny Hutarovich||BSE||+0 "|
|4||FRA||Marc Sarreau||FDJ||+0 "|
|5||NED||Danny van Poppel||TFR||+0 "|
|6||ITA||Matteo Trentin||EQS||+0 "|
|7||ITA||Nicolas Marini||NIP||+0 "|
|8||BEL||Michael Van Staeyen||COF||+0 "|
|9||USA||Tyler Farrar||MTN||+0 "|
|10||DUI||Christoph Pfingsten||BOA||+0 "|
Antwerpen - Schoten 200 km
Sprinters (b-list this year) race and one spent praying none of the guys we want to see actually racing on Sunday in Roubaix get injured.
The "OMG I won? What happened to Kristoff?" of the Day: Peter Sagan
If you can't win things you can at least win "things" when you're as highly paid as that.