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by Shane Stokes
April 4, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco; D’Hoore takes Grand Prix de Dottignies; Uncertainty over Vanmarcke’s Roubaix participation; Phinney could be back for Paris-Roubaix; No major issues for Sagan after Flanders crash, video clarifies how fall happened; Cancellara calls Sagan position on Kwaremont a mistake; Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal; Greipel sets sights on Scheldeprijs; Tour of the Battenkill adds UCI event for 2017; No uphill Mogollon finish for Tour of the Gila this year; Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years; 2017 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Chantal Blaak
Having placed third one year ago, Andre Greipel is aiming for success in what will be his fifth participation in Scheldeprijs. The Lotto Soudal sprinter was visible in the finale of Sunday’s Ronde Van Vlaanderen, but had to be content with 20th place.
He is hoping to be in the hunt for victory in Wednesday’s race.
“I didn’t feel very good yesterday at the Ronde, but I tried my best,” he said on Monday. “I know that I can’t follow the best riders on the climbs, so I need to anticipate to be with them after the climbs. That’s why I attacked a few times yesterday.
“I proved once again that I can ride the finale of the Ronde, but the result was not what I had hoped for. That goes for the entire team. Wednesday is another race and another opportunity, which we will try to grab with both hands.”
The race often comes down to a gallop and providing things follow that pattern this time, Greipel will likely come up against multiple champion Marcel Kittel, Tom Boonen, Nacer Bouhanni, Arnaud Démare and others.
“The Scheldeprijs is a sprint classic and of course it would be nice to add my name to the list of winners,” he continued. “We will do all we can with the team to win the race. I can rely on a good train to take me to the finish. I think it is very unlikely that the race would not end with a bunch sprint.
Greipel notes that some riders will use the event as preparation for Paris-Roubaix, while others will pinpoint it as an objective in itself. He’ll be in the latter group, but also wants to boost his chances for Sunday with a good midweek workout.
Staying safe is also a priority. “According to the weather forecast it will stay dry on Wednesday. The chance of crashes is smaller when it doesn’t rain, so I’m glad, but it is no guarantee.”