Sep Vanmarcke

Sep Vanmarcke

Vanmarcke at the 2016 Rund um Köln
Personal information
Full name Sep Vanmarcke
Born (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988
Kortrijk, Belgium
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current team Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2010 Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator
2011–2012 Garmin–Cervélo
2013- Blanco Pro Cycling
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2012)
Infobox last updated on
19 December 2014

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


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.

Career achievements

Major results

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro - - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour - - 131 106 104 104
red jersey Vuelta 139 - - - - -

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


  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. 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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