“Another classic in Belgium is done. It was a fast race and I think as a team we worked pretty well. We had two goals for this race - to have someone in the break and to help Davide Martinelli or Yevgeniy Gidich, depending on who would feel better, in the final. Well, I was able to join the break and to spend almost all day in front. We had a good group of riders there, everyone worked well and we managed to stay clear in front for a long time, until the final part of the distance. In the end, we tried to provide our best for Davide, who tried to do his sprint,” said Dmitriy Gruzdev.
The Scheldeprijs had its start and finish in Schoten this year, covering 10 local laps and a total distance of 170 kilometers. Dmitriy Gruzdev made it in the day’s breakaway shortly after the race started, together with 7 other riders. Their advantage never grew much further than 1 minute, and they got caught by the chasing peloton going into the final 10 kilometers of the classic. In the hectic bunch sprint, Davide Martinelli finished 18th in the group behind winner Caleb Ewan.
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