Squashed in between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix on the Cycling TV race schedule, it's Scheldeprijs! This particular single-day race has a tendency to be more sprinter-friendly than Flanders or Roubaix, with the past five editions seeing Tyler Farrar, Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Cavendish (twice!), and Tom Boonen standing on the top step of the podium. That doesn't mean that the race is ever less than exciting, however -- a fact that anybody who witnessed Boonen's dramatic heartbreak in 2008 will be able to confirm.COVERAGE ON CYCLING TV
Subscribers can watch highlights from the Scheldeprijs on Cycling TV, as well as enjoying live English commentary. See below for live timings and links to on-demand content. The 2011 Scheldeprijs is NOT available in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark.
||6 April 2011; 13:00-15:40 (UTC) / Available now
ONES TO WATCH
||Juan Antonio Flecha
|Victory in last year's race could be seen as something of a coming of age for Farrar. Garmin-Cervelo have come under criticism for their negative tactics in the Tour of Flanders, so may want a Redemption Win (tm).
||Let's be honest and say that Flecha is probably a bit more interested in Roubaix than Scheldeprijs. Sky's classics team is on super form at the moment and should be visible in some form, so we might as well pick the rider with the funniest photo.
|Cav's wearing the number 11 as HTC-Highroad's leader for the race. He won back to back editions of the Scheldeprijs in 2007 and 2008 but has loftier ambitions now that he's a more accomplished rider.
||He's riding as team leader! He's an adopted local! He finished second last year! Surely that's good enough to guarantee victory? Or at least a close-up in the final couple of hours? Oh, come on.