Kittel wins Scheldt Prize cycling race in Belgium

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ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Favorite Marcel Kittel of Germany defeated Tyler Farrar of the United States to win the centennial edition of the Scheldt Prize in a mass sprint in rain that caused several crashes.

Theo Bos of the Netherlands took third place in the 125-mile classic through the flat lands of northern Belgium, which traditionally ends with a mass sprint.

Crashes have often marred the closing stages of the race and a sudden shower on the final stretches of cobblestones and asphalt again caused accidents on Wednesday.

Farrar said "it was crazy. I was scared for the last five kilometers."

Mark Cavendish, last year's winner and three-time champion, did not compete.