Yesterday Manxman Mark Cavendish won the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen for the second, consecutive year.

Cavendish burst through in a chaotic sprint finish, passing an already celebrating Tom Boonen who thought he had the race in the bag.

Here we take a look back at the race courtesy of Luc Claessen’s photos of the day’s action.


Cavendish beats Boonen in Scheldeprijs sprint

Cavendish on his Scheldeprijs sprint win

All photos by Luc Claessen/ISPA

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen AntwerpThe riders line up in the town square of Antwerp, Belgium, for 96th edition of the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen AntwerpRiders leave Antwerp for 200km of flat but tough roads and cobbles that make up the semi-Classic Scheldeprijs

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen AntwerpScheldeprijs Vlaanderen Bradley WigginsBradley Wiggins was one of seven Brits in the race, finishing 82nd. Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummings were there for Barloworld, finishing 24th and 69th respectively, whilst Ian Stannard, Paul Manning and Ed Clancy were riding for Landbouwkrediet, coming in 31st, 52nd and 103rd. Stannard even launched a lone attack 19km from the finish line – a fantastic ride for him today

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Mark CavendishMark Cavendish wears the number one having won the event last year

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Steve CummingsDespite a mid-race stack, Steve Cummings (above and below) still finished the race

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Steve CummingsScheldeprijs Vlaanderen Erik ZabelVeteran sprint star Erik Zabel is still a force to be reckoned with, and came fourth

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Quick StepQuick Step drive the pace over the cobbles for team leader Tom Boonen

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008Stopping for a train crossing provides an ample opportunity to water the Belgian undergrowth

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark CavendishTom Boonen (middle) looks in the perfect spot to take the race…

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark Cavendish…but who’s that coming up on Boonen’s left…

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark Cavendish…Boonen thinks he’s got it and starts to raise his arms…

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark Cavendish… and then catches sight of Cavendish on his left hand…

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark Cavendish… squeezing past to take the win…

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark Cavendish…leaving Quick Step to wonder where the Manx Missile had come from

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Mark CavendishLooking emotional, Mark Cavendish takes the prize on the podium

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark CavendishDespite the finish line mix-up, Boonen joins in the podium celebrations with Cavendish

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Mark CavendishCavendish has a fit of laughter after slipping on Champagne during podium celebrations

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen 2008 Tom Boonen Mark Cavendish Robbie McEwenEveryone looks happy on the podium – another great win for Brit sprint star Mark Cavendish, with Tom Boonen (l) in second and Robbie McEwen (r) third