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It was a spread-across-the-road dash to the finish line. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
It was a spread-across-the-road dash to the finish line. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

History Made At Scheldeprijs

9. aprile 2014

Marcel Kittel (Team Giant-Shimano) became the first rider in 102 editions of Scheldeprijs to win three straight times as Sebastian Lander was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher in 27th place.

The Course:
With a pancake-flat profile, the 200.9-kilometer race started in Antwerp and finished with laps of a 16.4-km circuit in Schoten.

The Day's Breakaway:
A six-man breakaway survived to the final lap of the circuit, with the last of the group – Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli) – only absorbed with 2.5 km to go.

The Podium:
While Kittel was winning the race by enough of a margin to sit up and celebrate, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) needed a bike throw to hold off Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) for runner-up.

What Lander Said:
"It was nice, with good weather and not as many crashes as everyone was talking about for this race. It was a fast day."

What Sport Director Max Sciandri:
"We had a couple of objectives: one was to stay safe and that was mission accomplished. For quite a few guys, it was a training ride and just looking for opportunities, but not really going crazy while staying safe. On the other hand, it was a good opportunity for Sebastian Lander. But it's hard to do these kinds of sprints on your own with no team help. I didn't really want anybody to go up there and risk anything."

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