Apr 10, 2014 - Its Paris-Roubaix time and we give you the run down on ‘The Hell of the North’ plus race reports from País Vasco, Circuit de la Sarthe and the Scheldeprijs with results and video. In other cycling news: Agostini retires, Giro d’Italia, Richie Porte, BC Superweek, Amgen Tour of California Women’s Races and video from 3M. A cobbled sized EuroTrash Thursday.
The story of the 102nd Scheldeprijs is easily told. After eight kilometers six riders escaped from the peloton: Balykin, Bazzana, Fedi, Ghyselinck, Gruzdev and Rowe. Jimmy Engoulvent tried to bridge, came to five seconds of the leaders, but could never join them. The front group got a maximal advantage of 5'10". About halfway the race the escapees had to wait at a level crossing, but the race jury let them leave with the same lead, that was around one minute. They got more space again and stayed ahead until the last of three local laps of 16.4 km each.
The Flemish cycling spring season continues, tomorrow Lotto Belisol will start in the Scheldeprijs. It's already the 102nd edition of the Europe Tour race. The official start is in Schoten, just like the finish. The finale consists of three laps of 16.4km. The Scheldeprijs is a fantastic opportunity for the sprinters. Kenny Dehaes is the leader for the Lotto Belisol team.
The 2013 Grote Scheldeprijs was a hard fought battle through the fields of Belgium with their mix of cobbles and wind that always makes for some classic racing. Our own Gordan Cameron was inside ropes for sign on and the VIP tribune at the finishline - it's little wonder this was one of his favorite stories of the year.