Vanmarcke thrives in rain-soaked Dwars door Vlaanderen

    We love this story from CyclingNews that captures the commentary Sep Vanmarcke provided broadcasters following his third place finish at a cold, wet and windy Dwars door Vlaanderen.

    In the post-race flash interview, a mud-clad Vanmarcke was asked about his three candidates for the win in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. He smiled. “That’s easy. I haven’t won yet, so I offer to be a candidate. Sagan of course, and this guy next to us, Yves Lampaert. He’s a big name. He rides really hard. The third is difficult. I hope [it will be] myself,” Vanmarcke said.

    Dwars door Vlaanderen Yves Lampaert escaped from a five-man lead group in the final kilometre of the race in Waregem. Mike Teunissen was faster in the sprint of four behind, but Vanmarcke narrowly managed to hold off Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Dimension Data).

    Vanmarcke wasn’t sure if he finished on the podium when being swarmed by the media after crossing the finish line.

    “Third or fourth, it’ll be close. Was it third? Then I’m satisfied because I didn’t feel good today. In that case, a podium is good. Third in a five-man group isn’t great, but in this situation, I’m OK with it. I’d love to have won, but I felt throughout the finale that I wasn’t going well, that the additional training from [last] Sunday was still in the legs. It’s good for [this coming] Sunday,” Vanmarcke said.

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