CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were among the most aggressive ones during the HC Belgian event, Scheldeprijs. Tomasz Kiendyś made the breakaway of the day and other riders made their presence known in the final 50 kilometers.
Scheldeprijs is held in Flanders and features few secions of cobbles. They are not as tough as the cobbles known from Ronde van Vlaanderen though and in the previous years the race would often end with a bunch sprint.
Tomasz Kiendyś made the highlights of the event, by getting into the 6-man breakaway of the day. He was joined in the front by Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Sander Helven (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Berden De Vries (Roompot – Oranje Peloton), Steven Tronet (Fortuneo – Vital Concept) and Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale). Together they gained 4 minutes of advantage.
The peloton had no mercy for the escapees and caught them with 54 kilometers to go. Soon after that Maciej Paterski was one of those who tried to pull away, but he wasn’t able to go clear. Also Nikolay Mihaylov was riding aggressively, but he had to pay for his effort later on and got dropped from the main group.
A large bunch entered the final 20 kilometers of racing, but the closer it got to the finish the smaller the field was. Four CCC Sprandi Polkowice were able to survive the selection made by the sprinters’ teams – – Maciej Paterski, Eryk Latoń, Jarosław Marycz and Adrian Kurek.
As expected, the race ended with a bunch sprint finish and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) was the fastest man at the line. It was his fourth victory in that event. He bested two other great sprinters, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).
Eryk Latoń was the first “main in orange” to complete the race, as he finished 24th.