No departure in Terneuzen due to the Dutch corona measures. The sprint festival thus had an edition entirely in and around Schoten, with a traditional finish on the Churchilllaan.
After a quick opener, eight riders separated. Also Mark Cavendish, who nuanced his statements about his cycling pension before the start. “I don’t want to stop. I love this sport, which I have given my life to, ”said the 35-year-old Briton. ‘Cav’ – fond of this race – hit the road with Groezdev, Schär, McCabe, Askey, Juul Jensen, Wirtgen, Havik and Fominykh – although the latter had to get off quickly. The sprinter teams kept a close eye on the escapees lap after lap: the gap never widened beyond a minute and a half. Mads Pedersen, winner of Gent-Wevelgem, in turn got off the bike after an hour. He suffered from hamstrings and did not take any chances with the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.
In a particularly calm course – no passage through Zeeland, so no fans – the peloton timed perfectly. At 33 kilometers from the line, Cavendish first let himself be caught up, 25 kilometers further, Hawk – after a solo the last remaining breakaway – was caught. Nothing stood in the way of a sprint party.
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