Four in a row! Top favorite Lorena Wiebes outshines the opposition in the Scheldeprijs

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Scheldeprijs (women)

11:40 Shots – 2:58 PM Shots

Four times the Scheldeprijs for women, four times Lorena Wiebes on the highest scaffold. The Dutch from SD Worx-Protime was supreme in the final straight line. She beat Charlotte Kool, Elisa Balsamo and co with speaking ease. on Churchilllaan in Schoten.

  • Key moment: No Zeeland, no fans for the women. It became clear from the start that today there would be a sprint for victory.
  • Winner of the day: The Scheldeprijs for women may gradually bear the name of Lorena Wiebes. For the fourth time since the sprinters’ race was founded in 2021, the Dutch will claim victory in Schoten.

Chronicle of an announced sprint

The Scheldeprijs remains with the women in the Noorderkempen and that does not benefit the course of the competition.

Two riders were given a safe conduct by the sprinter teams, although Dijkstra and Aintila would never have dreamed of victory on the local circuit in Schoten.

Only at the last Broekstraat, the only notable obstacle of the day, did SD Worx-Protime finally emerge ahead of Wiebes. European champion Mischa Bredewold led the entire peloton, a royal sprint was in the making.

Former teammate Charlotte Kool rolled out the red carpet for Wiebes as in her best days as a sprint pilot. In the end, no one was in the photo. Two Belgians finished in the top 10 with Marthe Truyen and Katrijn De Clercq.

Reaction from the winner:

  • Lorena Wiebes: “Perfect report? Definitely! I think it was a very fair sprint at the end. I saw Balsamo going on the left, then I went too. I had to fight for a good wheel and had to find my own way. The girls have “I fought hard for it. In such a sprint everything has to fall into place. It all turned out fine. Victory gesture? That’s something with the team, I’m an outlaw. The sprint went well, I’m already looking forward to Roubaix.”

Result Scheldeprijs (women)

Phase by phase

Top three:

1. Wiebes

2. Cabbage

3. Fidanza

How did the sprint go?

As in their best days at DSM, Wiebes takes full advantage of Kool’s acceleration to race to victory. The Italian riders were not involved in the sprint.

4 in a row for Wiebes!

Kool tries to anticipate with the finish line in sight, but nothing can be done against Wiebes. The top favorite wins her fourth Schelde Prize with ease.

Lidl-Trek takes over for Balsamo, DSM Firmenich-PostNL is also well positioned.

Last km.

It is SD Worx-Protime that enters the last kilometer in pole position. Will Wiebes complete her four-leaf clover?

Dijkstra and Aintila have caught up. Nothing stands in the way of a bunch sprint now.

5″

Dijkstra and Aintila are almost done. We enter the penultimate kilometer with UAE setting the pace.

Another bad fall

Just as they hit the asphalt again at the back, we actually get another dropout from someone from AG Insurance-NextG at the front of the peloton. She can’t keep it up for long.

14″

Under the banner of the last 4km, the peloton sees Dijkstra and Aintila riding. The two seem to be worth the effort.

Dsm firmenich-PostNL and Visma-Lease a Bike now take over from SD Worx-Protime. Wiebes and co. have to reorganize.

20″

At 5km from the finish line, the two at the front still have about twenty seconds. Things are going very fast in the peloton now.

Along the Albert Canal, Balsamo now comes into focus for the first time. We are preparing for a royal sprint between Wiebes, Kool, Balsamo and Consonni.

34″

With the exception of Uneken, all women from SD Worx-Protime now appear at the front. The difference drops to 34″ at the end of Broekstraat.

On the Broekstraat, the women in the peloton open the throttle completely. European champion Bredewold (SD Worx-Protime) takes her leader in tow.

Last time Broekstraat

At just under 9km from the end, the difference between Dijkstra and Aintila and the peloton is still more than 50 seconds. Do they have everything under control at the back?

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