In 2018, the Scheldeprijs crossed the border and the pack started in Terneuzen for the first time. Now, we can look back on the very successful cooperation with Terneuzen, which welcomed the Scheldeprijs enthusiastically. The passage through Zeeland was a success as well. After this positive first edition, the pack will again be travelling from Terneuzen through the province of Zeeland in 2019, and will remain on Dutch territory for longer this year. The racers will then set off towards Schoten, where the classic final stretch awaits.
On Wednesday 10 April 2019, the starting shot of the 107th edition of the Scheldeprijs will be fired on the Stadhuisplein in Terneuzen. The riders will depart at 12:15 p.m. on a tour of 203 km to Schoten.
Longer passage through Zeeland
Just like last year, the racers will leave Terneuzen with a passage through the Western Scheldt tunnel, after which the race will take on the colours of Zeeland for the first few hours. The cooperation with the province of Zeeland went particularly well in 2018, and the Scheldeprijs was warmly welcomed there. This year, the cyclists will ride a total of about 150 km through the Netherlands, which is 20 km more than last year.
The circuit through the province of Zeeland starts with passages in Vlissingen and Middelburg on the Western Scheldt. The cyclists will then ride towards Noord-Beveland and the Eastern Scheldt. After the first competition hour there will be many dikes in store around the polders, where the wind could play a role in determining the outcome of the competition this year, just as it did in 2018.
After Noord-Beveland there is a passage through Zuid-Beveland, with passages in Goes and Reimerswaal. The racers will reach the border with Belgium via Woensdrecht and Ossendrecht. In Putte-Kappellen, the pack will cross the border (54 km from the finish) and ride towards Schoten.
Famed finale in Schoten
When the race reaches Schoten, the first of a total of three passages will await the pack at the final stretch on Churchilllaan (34 km from the finish). The racers will complete two local tours, which remain unchanged compared to previous editions. During each round, a passage over the cobblestones of Broekstraat in Wijnegem will await the riders. At the end of the two local loops, the pack will prepare for the annual unofficial World Championship of sprinters in the spring. We are curious about who will have the fastest legs this year and succeed Fabio Jakobsen in Schoten.