A brilliant start and sixty minutes full throttle brought Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) victory at the Scheldecross in Antwerp. The Belgian, who is actually known as a rather bad starter, benefited from the sprint qualities of Marcel Meisen (Kwadro-Stannah) from Stolberg. He won the start and launched Albert perfectly on his rear wheel. Because after just a few hundred meters, the ex-world champion passed his former teammate. The German champion followed in his slipstream with Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus). Together, the two teammates initially pulled away from their pursuers, who then managed to catch up again. In the final, Albert increased the number of strokes again and won in the end with ease. Surprisingly, the reigning Junior World Champion Mathieu Van Der Poel (Enertherm) secured second place – in his first elite race. The young Dutchman relegated Walsleben to third place. They were followed by Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea).
1. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
2. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Enertherm)
3. Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus)
4. Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games)
5. Rob Peeters (Telenet Fidea)