Today Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the mid-week semi-classic, Scheldeprijs. The 205km UCI 1.HC Belgian race has a rich history, with this year’s event being the 105th edition of the race.
The Scheldeprijs has for many years now been the Belgian classic targeted by the big named sprinters. Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders have had a fair amount of success in years gone by with Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar both having won the event before. While Cavendish will not start the Scheldeprijs this year, Farrar will be on hand to offer his experience to our exciting lineup.
The short cobbled stretch of road on the finishing circuit, which will be completed 3-times, is not expected to have too much of an influence on the race outcome. With a strong sprinters field set to line up in Mol today, it is hard to see past a mass sprint in Schoten once again.
Our 2 South African fast finishers, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Ryan Gibbons will look to be in contention at the pointy end of the race today. Providing support will be Farrar, Mark Renshaw, Bernie Eisel, Youcef Reguigui and Jay Thomson. Scott Thwaites, who has shown excellent form over the last two weeks in the classics, will give us that extra dimension in the event of a smaller selection reaching the final.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
Scheldeprijs is usually used by many riders as the last preparation for Paris-Roubaix but it is also known as the sprinters classic. Unfortunately, we are missing Mark Cavendish to injury but we have a few other cards to play to achieve a result. There is a lot that can happen during the racing with crosswinds expected and we will certainly be looking for some opportunities. Personally, I am happy with my form after coming back from my layoff after sustaining a concussion at Paris-Nice. I am looking forward to another Belgian classic tomorrow.