Schlagwort-Archive: Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)

Sep Vanmarcke wins Bretagne Classic-Ouest France

Plouay – Plouay (248,1 km)
1 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First 6:12:23
2 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:03
3 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton – Scott 0:00:03
4 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Team Dimension Data 0:00:20
5 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo – Visma 0:00:20
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:20
7 Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:20
8 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:22
9 Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00:28
10 Eduard Prades Reverter (Esp) Movistar Team 0:00:28
11 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Merida 0:00:28
12 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkéa – Samsic 0:00:28
13 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:28
14 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:47

Sep Vanmarcke got his first WorldTour win and 8th career victory this Sunday when he won the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France in Plouay. The Belgian timed his final move to perfection in the final kilometer of the race, allowing him to savor his win at the finish.
The 248-kilometer one day race lived up to its hectic reputation. The peloton split with 80 kilometers to go during an especially hard segment of racing. Both Sep Vanmarcke and teammate Simon Clarke made it into the lead group, but a crash took Clarke out of contention, leaving Sep to go it alone.
Attacks came thick and fast from several riders with 30km to go, but a move including Vanmarcke, Mitchelton-Scott’s Jack Haig, and Lotto Soudal’s Tiesj Benoot 22km from the line proved to be the decisive one.
The trio pulled out a 42 second margin over the chasing group with one lap to go of the finish circuit, and were able to hold them off to the line. “I knew if I survived the last climb at 5km to go, I had a big chance to win,” reflected Vanmarcke.
And survive he did. Right as the three riders passed the one kilometer to go marker, Vanmarcke attacked and pulled away from the other two, who weren’t able to match his power. After building a sizeable gap within the last kilometer there was plenty of time to fit in a celebration before crossing the line.
“I’m super happy about this win,” said Vanmarcke after the finish. “I had to work long and hard and be patient to get a big win like this! I’m proud I could finally do it!”

The victory comes at the perfect time for the EF Education First team — after a tough few days at the Vuelta that saw heavy crashes that forced Rigoberto Urán, Hugh Carthy and Tejay van Garderen to abandon, Vanmarcke’s result brought smiles across the entire team on Sunday evening.
“Sep is a guy who I can see being truly motivated to win because he knows the team needs it to lift everyone’s morale,” said the team’s CEO, Jonathan Vaughters. “It’s a testament to the strength of this organization. Everyone pulls each other up in the bad times. A beautiful thing to be a part of.”
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PinkArgyle ready for E3 Harelbeke and Gent Wevelgem

Cobbles season continues on Friday as Flanders Classic week opens with E3 Harelbeke. The race sees the peloton barrel into a block of racing up the hellingen of Belgium and over the pavé of northern France.

The EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale team sends a hearty roster to the northern classics of Belgium, with the aim of supporting Sep Vanmarcke and responding to the turmoil of the cobbles. Vanmarcke has already proven his mettle this season with a strong ride for third place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Joining Vanmarcke at E3 are Matti Breschel, Mitch Docker, Sebastian Langeveld, Taylor Phinney, Tom Scully, and Tom Van Asbroeck. Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem sees a slight change, as Sacha Modolo and Dan McLay replace Docker and Van Asbroeck.

“E3 is a hard and honest race,” said Vanmarcke. “The many hills on a short period make it very hard. The distance from those sections until the finish is still 30-40km, so it’s not easy for attacking on the hills and staying in front. That’s where it gets interesting for sprinters as well. If they can survive, they still have a chance to come back.

“It’s one week before the Tour of Flanders, so you have to be strong in E3,” Vanmarcke added. “The opening weekend was good. Everybody did his job. There is always space for improving, but also, the condition of everybody should be on its best by now, so that should give the extra we need.”

Vanmarcke recently raced Tirreno-Adriatico. He’s spent the last week at home in Anzegem, a few kilometers from the Tour of Flanders course.

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