Where contenders such as Alexander Kristoff and Tim Merlier had missed the battle, Bennett found himself in a seat with four teammates in the first group. Philipsen also had two and in the sprint they chose the best line.
Bennett and Cavendish, who won the Scheldeprijs for the first time in 2013, were the first to lose. Van Poppel sprinted to fourth place as the best Dutchman. Bol could not make a fist and finished twentieth.
First win for Wiebes
The women’s race started in Schoten, where it also finished after a local round. In the sprint, top sprintster Wiebes took the lead late. The 22-year-old DSM rider only just kept the Danish Emma Norsgaard from Movistar and the Italian Elisa Balsamo from Valcar behind.
Just like in March in the Healthy Aging Tour, Daniek Hengeveld tried to surprise the favorites. At the Assen circuit, the Nootdorpse was only taken back at a hundred meters from the finish. This time, the brave 18-year-old GT Krush Tunap rider was caught eight kilometers from the finish after a long solo.
For Wiebes, the 2019 Dutch champion, it was her first victory of the season.