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Great interview of Sep in the Belang van Limburg, this Monday.




His last win dated from the 2014 Tour of Alberta but now he doubled up, queen stage to the Gileppe Dam and GC of the Ster ZLN Tour.

What does it say for the Nats?

That the condition is very good. It was the place that I made with my coaches. From the Ster ZLN Tour on I had to be top again. Brilliant that that just like in spring prevailed again.

The parcours on the Lac de l'Eau d'Heure is not too hard for you?

I haven't recognized it yet but I strongly feel that no. In a single-day race I can handle a lot of parcours. Only I'm gonna need a top day. We only have 4 Belgians in Lotto-Jumbo [Vanmarcke, Campenaerts, Wynants & Van Asbroeck]. Against teams like Lotto Soudal, Quick Step & Topsport we cannot start a lot. Everything should fall into plan.

In the meantime you also race the ITT Nats. With ambition?

We don't have any absolute top ITT riders in Belgium and in recent time I have worked a lot on my ITT. I hope I can make some nice things.


I have no time to translate the rest but in the small frame above Sep says that if the team gives him a good offer, it might very well be that he stays in the team. Good news, I think he belongs in that team.  :cool

Maarten Wynants in the frame below says that Sep's win in an Ardennes stage proves that he's a hot favourite for the Nats.  :)


Edith tells me that there's the same interview in the Gazet van Antwerpen:

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    On the French-speaking press (from La Meuse):




    Short translation of the first article:

    Vanmarcke is praised for his consistency  :cool more than for his opportunism.

    He's among the World's best riders. He's very relieved but ambitious for the Nats.

    I don't have times for the second article (I deliberately kept the article of the Romsée climb race of the youth category next to it.  ;)
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    There are the cobbles. There is Sep! (Gazet van Antwerpen, 19th of July)

    Apparently, Sep realises that he never could win a bunch sprint but sets out to work on his uphill sprint because he sees potential in it.

    Also, the negotiations for an extension of his contract with Lotto Jumbo is in a stalemate right now.
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    Sep postponed his training to ride along with kids at school in his own Deerlijk, for the school start and for the "Maand van de Sportclubs" campaign, to promote sport at school.  :) Just like in pro racing there were signalmen and feed zones.  :D

    The kids got childbooks from Sep which he had signed.

    Source: Het Nieuwsblad/Sportwereld
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    Sep is sick  :( Already was in Koolskamp and had to pull out of the Primus Classic yesterday. So does he for the Tour of the Low Countries. He's got no power and cannot eat nor drink.

    http://www.demorgen.be/sport/sep-vanmarcke-geeft-forfait-voor-classic-impanis-van-petegem-en-eneco-tour-b4356395/

    At least he'd be home for the birth of his first child. Two days ago, he intended to go to Friesland with wife and to retire from the race once the baby is born. I translated the article before knowing he was sick.  ;)

    (Gazet van Antwerpen)


    Sep races the Tour of the Low Countries despite daughter being due. She was due on 17 September but apparently there was no opening yet (interview for GvA on 16 September). So he takes his wife along to Friesland where the Low Countries is scheduled to start and if the child is born, he stops racing right away. It seems that the daughter was then scheduled to be born in the Netherlands.

    Sep pulled out of the Canadian race because at the moment it was just too far away but in retrospect that was not necessary. But he cannot keep waiting and do nothing. Training without a goal is not everything either. So he raced two kermesses. He won in Izegem [that’s in his own backyard, actually] and got 3rd in Desselgem [GP Briek Schotte] on 13 September. He always went training beforehand and got back home by bike so that he’s riding for 6 or 7 hours and simulates the length of a classic. He also wants to race hard in Koolskamp for instance. After the Tour of the Low Countries – he does not know how long it will last for him – he starts the Circuit Franco-Belge. He also races the TTT Worlds with LottoNL Jumbo in order to adapt to the possible extreme heat in Qatar.

    He talked with De Weert about his role at the Worlds but there comes a new conversation after the birth of his daughter. It’s logical that Boonen and Van Avermaet are the two put forward riders. He hopes to do his job in the finale.

    About his transfer to Cannondale he says that he’s always had good relationship with Jonathan Vaughters and DS Klier. With Dylan Van Baarle, Sebastian Langeveld, Matti Breschel and Alberto Bettiol, he thinks he’s much better armed for the finales. He spoke with Patrick Lefevere but he could only give him a one-year contract.

    In another interview for Het Laatste Nieuws – I don’t have the scan with me at the moment but I might post it soon if you want to, he said he had hoped for a protected role in Qatar but the leader being Boonen for his sprint, the “protected role” should be given to Van Avermaet because at the moment nothing should be refused to Greg which he humbly finds justified. So there’s no place for him except that of a helper, which he gladly seems to accept.

    The result of the Izegem Koers, a 166km kermess that Sep won on 8 September
    http://uitslagen.dewielerbond.be/Kalender_Uitslagen/Uitslag.aspx?id=1323&datum=08/09/2016

    1 Sep Vanmarcke
    2 *nl Jarno Gmelich
    3 Robin Stenuit
    4 Timothy Dupont
    5 Alexander Maes
    6 *nl Berden De Vries
    7 Pieter Vanspeybrouck
    8 Joachim Vanreyten
    9 Tom Dernies
    10 Timothy Stevens

    17 *de Philipp Walsleben
    18 Michael Van Staeyen
    23 Tim Declercq
    30 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck

    Results of the Brik Schotte Memorial (155km)
    http://uitslagen.dewielerbond.be/Kalender_Uitslagen/Uitslag.aspx?id=1887&datum=13/09/2016

    1 *nl Brian Van Goethem
    2 Jasper De Buyst
    3 Sep Vanmarcke
    4 *it Davide Martinelli
    5 *fr Rudy Barbier
    6 *uk Daniel Patten
    7 Bert Van Lerberghe
    8 Kenneth Vanbilsen
    9 *au Alexander Ray
    10 Benjamin Verraes

    12 Jens Debusschere
    16 *fr Florian Sénéchal
    20 *no Truls Engen Korsaeth
    27 Michael Goolaerts

    The race in Izegem actually served as the West-Flanders Championship, so that Sep is West-Flemish Champion and can get a jersey for that. Haven’t seen it.

    http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/952/Wielrennen/article/detail/2857034/2016/09/08/Sep-Vanmarcke-wint-Izegem-Koers-en-mag-zich-meteen-ook-West-Vlaams-kampioen-noemen.dhtml
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    Sep's biography has been published. "Sep, een kleine biografie : Hoe Sep Vanmarcke wielerheld werd" by Lander Deweer with drawings by Joost Stokhof. The Publishing House is "Zot van Fietsen" (Crazy about the Bike)

    (Sep, A Small Biography : How Did Sep Vanmarcke Became a Cycling Hero)



    http://www.zotvanfietsen.be/sep

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    "Sep" is een inspiratiebron voor kinderen met
    een grote sportdroom. Een wonderlijk kijk- en leesboek
    voor jongens en meisjes die zot zijn van fietsen.
    Een aanrader voor jeugdrenners. En een stimulerend
    voorbeeld voor ouders die hun kinderen een actieve jeugd willen bezorgen.
    Sep is het inspirerende verhaal van een kleine jongen
    die profrenner wordt. Het boek bundelt de jeugdherinneringen
    van wielrenner Sep Vanmarcke.
    96 blzn, harde kaft, quadri bedrukt, met een voorleesverhaal,
    interviews van zijn ouders, leerkrachten en ploegleider en
    boordevol kleurrijke illustraties en foto's uit Seps familiealbum.

    Een hebbeding voor de fans van onze meest sympathieke kasseispecialist.

    "Sep" is a source of inspiration for children with a great sport dream. A wonderful book to see and read for boys and girls who are crazy about cycling. An adviser for young riders. And a stimulating example for parents who wish to provide an active youth to their children. Sep is the inspiring story of a small boy who turned pro rider. The book gathers the youth memories of cyclist Sep Vanmarcke. 96 pages, hard cover, quadri printed with a foreword, interviews with his parents, teachers and DS and full of colouful illustrations and photos from Sep's family album.

    An imperative for the fans of our friendliest cobble sprecialist


    Here you can hear Sep telling a chapter of it "Het verhaal van de jongen op de berg" [The Story of the Boy on the Mountain/Hill] in Dutch. No time to translate, though.

    Damn I was at the Wanze cycling book market this morning like every year. Sep's book was there. It's €25 and I considered it too expensive !!! I now sorely regret not buying it. :fp :fp  :(


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    Sep is still suffering from his torn rib consecutive to his violent crash on the Strade Bianche:TT I hope he'll be ready when it matters.

    http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/952/Wielrennen/article/detail/3100503/2017/03/09/Vanmarcke-ziet-af-met-gekneusde-ribben.dhtml

    He raced the Tirreno TTT with an intensive tape on the rib but had to let his teammates go and finished 3' behind them. I hope he retires from the race, the sooner the better. He did finish in the bunch, yesterday, which is encouraging He's already retired from Strade Bianche and Industry GP.


    I'd like to bring back an old article about the recognition about the new dirt road section of Ghent-Wevelgem. You've discussed it on the Race News Thread.



    From Belang van Limburg on 24 November

    Hans De Clercq says that he was sceptical when he first saw Plugstreets. He's himself not a fan of the Strade Bianche. Ploegsteert offered to clean up the section but at the test riders' request, not to sweep it. They were Jens Debusschere, Sep Vanmarcke, Maxim Farazijn and the infamous Johan Museeuw and Nico Mattan.

    Sep said that here you know you had to be in front. Everybody knows that there'll be a hard fight there. It's a good ride-able area on which you good less chance to recover.

    Ploegstreet is the new epicentrum of this battlefield, on the approach of the Black Mount and the crossing of the French border. It's also the hometown of the infamous Vandenbroucke family.

    I'll copy this video clip shared by L'arriviste on the race news thread.  ;)




    GvA of 24 November


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    (Het Nieuwsblad - Wednesday 15th March)

    Sep consulted physiotherapist Lieven Maesschalck that day.

    Sep Vanmarcke ended 129th and last Belgian at Tirreno, more than an hour after winner Quintana [It always seems odd to me that Quintana should win Tirreno but still]. It's already a victory in itself that he managed to end the race. Yet he's still not fit.

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    I still cannot stand up independently from the massage table. My ribs are still hurting too much. I hope that my situation improves in the coming weeks with the few recovery days that are coming. This afternoon, I have an appointment with physiotherapist Lieven Maesschalck. Ribs are bones, you cannot heal them with exercices but I hope that he still manages to work wonders.

    Vanmarcke is still not in panic for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Waregem, Harelbeke and Wevelgem next week are something else.

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    During the race I have trouble to breathe. Certainly in climbs. At that moment it seems as though I had not cycled a single meter yet this year. The situation is that serious now.

     :(

    Coming soon. An article about why Sep and others are skipping Milan-Sanremo (will perhaps post it on the race's thread itself). Basically he argues that Italian roads are too dangerous. Sep argues that the conditions of Italian roads are reflecting its economy at the moment. Besides he hasn't got much to win there. He's not enough of a climber to attack on the Poggio and there will always be faster sprinters than him. At best he can be 9th, he judges. He does not want to take that risk for a 9th place.  ;)
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    in the Laatste Nieuws last weekend following the E3 they said



    Till the Old Kwaremont included we saw a strong Sep Vanmarcke (23rd). The rib injury seemed under control and Vanmarcke rode an excellent race, even the stop after Jack Bauer's crash he accomodated for it smoothly and came quickly back to the Gilbert-Van Avermaet small group. All of sudden Vanmarcke still dropped. The stomach problems which he had suffered from since last Wednesday are clearly not behind the back yet.

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    Just after the top of the Boigneberg my stomach hit double and I started to vomit. Till the finish I certainly did that another 20 times. There was no question of recovery anymore. It was a matter of survival. But on the Old Kwaremont the light went off. Every gel and drink that I took in flew immediately out again. Even my breakfast landed on the street. We've decided that I won't start in Ghent-Wevelgem next Sunday. I'm trying to get healthy.

    Poor Sep  :( And I thought that he sometimes lacked courage.  :angel Hope he's better by now. I so much wish he could have raced on the Plugstreets that he had recoed ...
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    yeah, there was a piece in Het Nieuwsblad today where he said that he is feeling good again. But personally I fear the Ronde may come a week too early.

    I read an interview with Dylan van Baarle earlier on today by the way, and he didn't seem to be too happy about Sep in E3, as joining the attack only to be dropped again at the 1st opportunity destroyed all chances for a strong team (well, and particularly for van Baarle personally) to achieve a good result.

    Well, question is what kind of result he could have achieved of course (probably not more than a Top 10 anyway), but he kinda has a point there I think. Vanmarcke did a bit of a suicide attack there, probably with the main aim to get himself prepared for the big classics
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    Yes apparently he resumed training on Tuesday for 5 hours in the Flemish Ardennes but he still felt he lacked energy

    http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2937812

    Yesterday he recoed the route with the team and thereafter some extra training for 200km altogether. Now he has to rest and "hopefully" he's good on Sunday but "it's a preparation that is far from ideal and I don't know where I stand". He felt much better yesterday than last Tuesday and hopefully the trends will proceed but he doesn't know if he would be strong enough on Sunday. Probably the Tour of Flanders will come too short, he says, but Paris-Roubaix will probably be better. Great thing is that he is even talking about the Amstel !!  :cool

    About what happened last week is still unclear. Either his stomach was hit by the crash in Tuscany and therefore there's something wrong with his digestion or there's another explanation. A blood test revealed that his eosinophils (variety of white blood cells) very high was and perhaps he has an allergy or a parasite in his body. That's unclear but it affects his capacity.  :(


    http://www.wielerupdate.nl/wielernieuws/39265/van-baarle-had-de-benen-om-met-de-beste-mee-te-springen/

    That is the article about Van Baarle's frustration arguing that they had the "wrong man" in the lead group. "Sep has been sick for a few days and later seemed that he could not keep up with the three best in the race. I had already made the jump a few times and could not react every time. When Sep attacked I stood still. Then you are a prisoner.

    "Had the Legs to Jump Along with the Best" is the headline. He said he could have ended close and is sad about the missed chance but he is strong and wants to grab to few chances that are left in the cobble races.

    My comment is that though I understand Dylan's frustration and know about his talent it seems Vanmarcke's problems by the end of the race were not predictable even if he was sick before. In the first part of the race he felt good and considering his history in those race, he's the logical leader of the team. That was already said at the moment of his transfer last year if I remember well.  ;)
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    How can a rider be so unlucky.  :(
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    SEP VANMARCKE broken pinky and uncertain for Roubaix [now pulled out]

    (Het Nieuwsblad – 3 April 2017)

    Just recovered and then this again

    Sep Vanmarcke seems to become THE might-have-been of the spring. After his crash at the Strade Bianche and his sickness he seemed to be back on his way to a good result yesterday at the Tour of Flanders until he crashed and broke his pinky.

    Sep Vanmarcke raced a good race until a ditch between two road bands in the descent of the Old Kwaremont decided against it.
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    I babbled a bit with my front wheel. Yet I’ve ridden there very often but due to circumstances I hadn’t seen that obstacle. It’s very painful.

    The consequences were heavy. Vanmarcke retired disappointedly and heavily wounded in the car in order to be examined at the hospital in Oudernaarde.
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    After the crash I was glidding a certain distance through. I have abrasions and burns on my whole right side and also my left hand is affected. But the worst is my right pinky. It is broken.

    Team director and brother Ken Vanmarcke :
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    Such things is harshly punished at Paris-Roubaix. It’s the worst possible race after such crash. Hopefully it’s not the lethal blow to his spring.

    [Comments about a possible presence at Paris-Roubaix, but it’s now outdated unfortunately]

    The crash comes after a series of misfortunes. Vanmarcke displayed his excellent form level with a 3rd place at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad but in the Strade Bianche he crashed heavily on his ribs. Then came a sickness.

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    For the moment it’s a sh*t spring. You then do everything to come back and to be at your level … I could not keep up with Gilbert but I still was in the group behind him. And then this happens and then you think: What am I actually busy with? I don’t know why but everything goes wrong this year.

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