Vanmarcke at the 2010 Four Days of Dunkirk.
|Full name||Sep Vanmarcke|
28 July 1988 |
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
|Current team||Belkin Pro Cycling|
|Rider type||Classics specialist|
Blanco Pro Cycling
|Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2012)|
|Infobox last updated on
14 April 2014
Life and career
Vanmarcke was born in Kortrijk. He took the biggest win of his career to date on the 2012 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, attacking fiercely twice. The first attack came on the Molenberg climb, thinning the field, and he attacked again on the 'Lange Munte' cobbled section to reduce the lead group to only two competitors, Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). He outsprinted them to claim the victory.
In 2013, Vanmarcke was focusing on the Classics, but he injured his knee in a crash at Tirreno–Adriatico, which hindered his form for the first important one-day races of the season. He nonetheless participated in the Tour of Flanders, finishing 3 minutes in arrears of Fabian Cancellara. A week later, he finished second to Cancellara in Paris–Roubaix. He escaped with Stijn Vandenbergh after cobbled sector 6 but was joined later on by Cancellara and Zdeněk Štybar. On the cobbled section Carrefour de l'Arbre, Štybar and Vandenbergh were dispatched one-by-one because they collided with spectators. Vanmarcke lost the 2-man sprint contested in the velodrome and was emotional afterward, since he had come so close to victory.
In 2014, Vanmarcke showed excellent form in the classics, with fourth place in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and third in Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne the following day. He also recorded top five finishes in E3 Harelbeke (fifth) and Gent–Wevelgem (fourth). In the Tour of Flanders, Vanmarcke was the only rider able to follow Cancellara's attack on the final climb of the Paterberg. The pair caught up with the two earlier escapees, Vandenbergh and Greg Van Avermaet. The race came down to a sprint between the four, with Cancellara emerging victorious ahead of Van Avermaet and Vanmarcke.
- 3rd Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
- 6th La Côte Picarde
- 8th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
- 3rd La Côte Picarde
- 4th Overall Tour Du Haut Anjou
- 1st Stage 1
- 5th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
- 6th Kampioenschap Van Vlaanderen
- 8th Sparkassen Giro
- 1st Mountain classification Four Days of Dunkirk
- 2nd Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
- 2nd Gent–Wevelgem
- 3rd Ronde van het Groene Hart
- 8th GP de Wallonie
- 9th Paris–Camembert
- 4th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke
- 1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
- 3rd Rogaland GP
- 5th E3 Harelbeke
- 7th Dwars door Vlaanderen
- 1st GP Impanis-Van Petegem
- 1st Grote Prijs Wase Polders
- 2nd Paris–Roubaix
- 2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
- 5th Overall Tour des Fjords
- 5th Rund um Köln
- 1st Stage 3 Tour of Norway
- 3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
- 3rd Tour of Flanders
- 4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
- 4th Gent–Wevelgem
- 4th Paris–Roubaix
- 5th E3 Harelbeke
- "Vanmarcke to 'White Label' former Rabobank team for two years". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 25 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Argyle Armada – Mark Johnson c2012, page 146
- James Startt (25 February 2012). "Sep Vanmarcke Takes His Biggest Win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". Bicycling.com (Bicycling). Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Matthew Beaudin (3 April 2013). "Vanmarcke focuses on Paris-Roubaix to salvage spring season". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- "Cancellara wins his third Paris-Roubaix". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). 7 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Brecht Decaluwé (7 April 2013). "Vanmarcke expects to lose sleep over Paris-Roubaix final sprint". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 8 April 2013.
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