UCI Europe Tour Antwerp Port Epic Antwerp (BE) Sunday September 2nd 2018

Race 2018

Timothy Dupont won the 93rd edition of Schaal Sels Merksem on Sunday August 26th2018. The rider of Wanty-Groupe Gobert was in a bunch sprint faster than his teammate Alfdan De Decker. Christophe Noppe was the third man on the podium. It was immediately the first victory of the season for the thirty-year-old sprinter.

At 12u45 eleven teams started at the Bredabaan in Merksem, representing a concise peloton of 81 riders. The limited size of the group turned out to be an advantage: there were no considerable crashes and the average speed was high from the first kilometer till the arrival. It was Edward Planckaert, Gianni Vermeersch and the Norwegian Sondre Enger who did the first real attempt in the second round. The cyclocross rider had material problems and the two others were also caught up. The signal for a group of sixteen riders to make a leading group. Their attempt was also neutralized by Veranda's Willems-Crelan. With 51 kilometers to go, Benjamin Declercq, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Julien Mortier, Daniel Turek, Rob Ruijgh and Pawel Bernas accelerated. The latter proved his good shape two days earlier by a second place in the Great War Remembrance Race.

With one lap to go, at that moment the regrouping was almost there, Declercq accelerated again. His attempt ended at 12 kilometers before the finish line, a good moment for Ylber Sefa to escape. The Albanian champion held a handful of seconds ahead, which was mainly led  by Hilaire Van der Schueren's brigade. At four kilometers, Sefa’s advance even increased, but he was caught in the last 750 meters. A bunch sprint was inevitable. Timothy Dupont took the last corner in first position and was the fastest. His first attacker was Alfdan De Decker, a team mate. The young Belgian knew the arrival zone very good cause it was next to his previous school. With Christophe Noppe, another young Belgian took the third place.

Schaal Sels Merksem 2018: top ten:

1

 Timothy DUPONT (BE)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

4u10'50"

2

 Alfdan DE DECKER (BE)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

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3

 Christophe NOPPE (BE)

Sport Vlaanderen - Balois...

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4

 Kenny DEHAES (BE)

WB Aqua Protect Veranclas...

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5

 Kevyn ISTA (BE)

WB Aqua Protect Veranclas...

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6

 David VAN DER POEL  (NL)

Corendon - Circus

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7

 Jelle CANT (BE)

Tarteletto-Isorex

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8

 Alexander GEUENS (BE)

Sovac-Natura4Ever

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9

 Frantisek SISR (Tsj)

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

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10

 Dries DE BONDT (BE)

Veranda's Willems-Crelan

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