Viviani second at Scheldeprijs

05 Apr 2017

Viviani second at Scheldeprijs

Elia Viviani finished second at Scheldeprijs behind Marcel Kittel (Quickstep Floors) to record Team Sky’s best-ever result at the race.

Viviani was edged on the line by Kittel after fine work from Jon Dibben to lead out the Italian, with Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) third. 

A late crash threatened to overshadow the bunch sprint in the final five kilometres of the race, but Team Sky avoided the pile up which ruled several teams out of contention.  

However, the crash did disrupt the shape of the bunch, and Dibben worked hard to place Viviani correctly for the 28 year old to finish on the podium. 

Earlier on a breakaway looked to spoil the sprinters’ fun, with a group of seven escaping, although this was finally cut down to just Eugert Zhupa (Wilier-Triestina) and Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) - who were finally caught with 16km to go to setup the sprint.
Kittel led the sprint home with Viviani in tow

Kittel led the sprint home with Viviani in tow

After the race Vivani was upbeat about his form and hailed the efforts of his team who navigated him to an ideal position.

He told TeamSky.com: “Luke (Rowe) pulled hard on the front all day and the others helped me put me in position for the sprint. 

“The other guys did a good job, [Christian] Knees, [Ian] Stannard, Owain [Doull] and Jon [Dibben] did a good job in the last five kilometres.

“Jon was my last man and he did really well, he was not only my lead out man but he positioned me in front of Quickstep so I am already on Kittel’s wheel."

“I had to battle to stay in a good position, but in the end Kittel had the better acceleration and for the moment he is in better form."
Elia Viviani

Elia Viviani

Normally I am never happy with second place, this is my sixth of the year, but I hope to be back with that winning feeling soon.
He addeed: “Normally I am never happy with second place, this is my sixth of the year, but I hope to be back with that winning feeling soon.”

"I am feeling great so maybe all this waiting is for a big one." 
Result:

1. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 4:35:25
2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) s.t.
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) 
4. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal)
5. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)