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95th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen - Preview
 
By Staff
Date: 4/17/2007
95th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen - Preview
 

by Alicia Hopkins

95th Edition -Wednesday, April 18, 2007- Start Time: 11:30CEDT - 200km

The Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen is traditionally considered a sprinters race, as the course is generally flat with a large circuit of 149 kilometers that takes the riders into the countryside surrounding Antwerp, and concludes with three finishing circuits of 16 kilometers each in the finale at Schoten. The parcours is not without drama; however, as there are seven tough cobbled sections varying in length from 1300 to 3000 meters. The Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen has an illustrious palmares with the likes of Eddie Merckx (1972), Rik Van Looy (1956,1957), and Mario Cipollini (1991, 1993) to name only a few. Belgian Piet Oellibrandt holds the record for the most victories which occurred in 1960, 1962, and 1963.


Former World Road Race Champion Tom Boonen takes the 2006 Victory

Previous Winners:


Course Map Official Race Website


Riders start the 2006 Scheldeprjs Vlaanderen Official Race Website

Riders

This year's edition of the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen will again look to Quickstep with its' Captain Tom Boonen and his strong leadout man Gert Steegmans to show themselves, as well Leif Hoste and Robbie Mcewen from the Predictor Lotto squad. T-Mobile will also play a role in the final sprint with Bernhard Eisel and Gregory Henderson. Milram brings three strong men to the race with veteran and former winner Erik Zabel, Alberto Ongarato, and Mirco Lorenzetto. Liquigas brings most of it's Paris-Roubaix squad to the Scheldeprijs including fan favorite Magnus Backstedt and hardened veteran Roberto Petito. Rabobank will rely on Graeme Brown, Max Van Heeswijk, Leon Van Bon, and Gerben Lwik to try to bring home the victory. Chocolade-Jacques' Nico Eeckhout, Barloworld's Robbie Hunter, DFL-Cyclingnews' Nico Mattan, and Skil-Shimano's Kenny Van Hummel are also to be included among the favorites.

 
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