Cavendish beaten by Kittel in Scheldeprijs

No record 4th victory for the British sprinter Mark Cavendish in Schoten (Antwerp). The Manxman was beaten by Germany's Marcel Kittel in a tense bunch sprint. Kittel took back-to-back victories, after also winning last year.

The Scheldeprijs is one the oldest races in Belgium. This year's 101st edition took the riders from the MAS Museum in Antwerp to Schoten, just north of the city, and was 204 kilometres long. The course included a number of loops, including some cobble stone sections, but was flat. This is why the race mostly ends in a bunch sprint.

Mark Cavendish, a winner in Schoten in 2007, 2008 and 2011, could grab a record 4th victory, but missed the help of the Belgian champion Tom Boonen in his Omega Pharma Quickstep team to help him in the lead-out to the final sprint.

Cavendish came from behind, but came just short to catch Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) back, taking second place."I came from 20 back with 200 metres to go, that's what went wrong", a disappointed Cavendish told reporters after the race.

Dutchman Barry Markus came third, Kenny Dehaes was the first Belgian in 7th place.