Sep Vanmarcke

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Sep Vanmarcke
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Vanmarcke at the 2010 Four Days of Dunkirk.
Personal information
Full name Sep Vanmarcke
Born (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 25)
Kortrijk, Belgium
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current team Belkin Pro Cycling
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2010
2011–2012
2013–
Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
Garmin-Cervélo
Blanco Pro Cycling
Major wins
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2012)
Infobox last updated on
14 April 2014

Sep Vanmarcke (born 27 July 1988) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI ProTeam Belkin Pro Cycling.[1] He is left-handed.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Vanmarcke and Fabian Cancellara in the climax of the 2013 Paris–Roubaix. Cancellara out-sprinted Vanmarcke for victory at the velodrome in Roubaix.

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] Vanmarcke lost the 2-man sprint contested in the velodrome and was emotional afterward, since he had come so close to victory.[6]

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.

Palmares[edit]

2007
3rd Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2008
6th La Côte Picarde
8th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
2009
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
2010
1st Jersey polkadot.svg 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
2011
4th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke
2012
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Rogaland GP
5th E3 Harelbeke
7th Dwars door Vlaanderen
2013
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
2014
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vanmarcke to 'White Label' former Rabobank team for two years". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 25 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Argyle Armada – Mark Johnson c2012, page 146
  3. ^ James Startt (25 February 2012). "Sep Vanmarcke Takes His Biggest Win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". Bicycling.com (Bicycling). Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Matthew Beaudin (3 April 2013). "Vanmarcke focuses on Paris-Roubaix to salvage spring season". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cancellara wins his third Paris-Roubaix". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). 7 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  6. ^ 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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