The Scheldeprijs was held for the 107th time this Wednesday. Nowadays the start takes place in Terneuzen, but the finish is still in Schoten. That’s the home town of Michael Van Staeyen. Hundreds of fans of the sprinter added extra color and atmosphere to the race!
As expected, the wind in Zeeland played an important part and echelons were formed early in the race. Michael Van Staeyen, eager to prove himself today, was in the front all day long. But that cost him too much energy, he said: “I was completely empty for the sprint. I spent too much energy during the race, being in the first echelon.” Van Staeyen finished in 27th place, Justin Timmermans in 29th.
Five buses, filled with 250 enthusiastic Van Staeyen fans, gathered at the start in Terneuzen. They were easily recognizable, all those fans, with their special orange jackets and team scarves. The crowd then stopped in Wemeldinge to finally find a place on the local circuit in Schoten. “It gives me a special feeling when so many people come together to support you. I’m going to meet them now at my father’s bike shop”, said Van Staeyen after the race.
"I spent lots of energy being in the 1st echelon. Too bad the bunch got back together. I was always well at the front, but was completely empty for the sprint. It was a special feeling with all those fans."
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