Sep Vanmarcke

Sep Vanmarcke (born 27 July 1988) is a Belgian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation.[4]

Sep Vanmarcke
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Vanmarcke in 2015
Personal information
Full nameSep Vanmarcke
Born (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 32)
Kortrijk, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb; 12 st 2 lb)
Team information
Current teamIsrael Start-Up Nation
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional teams
2010Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator
2013–2016Blanco Pro Cycling[1]
2021–Israel Start-Up Nation
Major wins
Stage races
Ster ZLM Toer (2016)

One-day races and Classics

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2012)
Bretagne Classic (2019)


Vanmarcke was born in Kortrijk.[5]

Garmin–Cervélo (2011–2012)Edit

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.[6]

Blanco Pro Cycling (2013–2016)Edit


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

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.[7] 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.[8] Vanmarcke lost the 2-man sprint contested in the velodrome and was emotional afterward, since he had come so close to victory.[9]


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.


Vanmarcke failed to score a top 10 finish at the monuments in the 2015 season but placed 5th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, 4th at Strade Bianche, 5th at E3 Harelbeke and 6th at Gent-Wevelgem.

In his final season at LottoNL–Jumbo in 2016, Vanmarcke finished on the podium at the Tour of Flanders, and 4th at Paris–Roubaix. He was also 8th at E3 Harelbeke and finished 2nd at Gent–Wevelgem. He achieved his best result of the season at the Ster ZLM Toer winning stage 4 and the overall.

Cannondale–Drapac (2017–2020)Edit

For the 2017 season, Vanmarcke returned to his former team that he had raced for in the 2011 and 2012 season. He finished 3rd at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but crashed out at the Tour of Flanders which also prevented him from starting in Paris–Roubaix. However he returned to the peloton later on in the season and almost won the National Road Race Championships.

Vanmarcke's first podium of the 2018 season came at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where he finished 3rd. He then went on to finish 7th at E3 Harelbeke before claiming 3rd at Dwars door Vlaanderen. At the Tour of Flanders, Vanmarcke was once again struck with bad luck as he punctured several times at the start of the race. He only finished 13th but, a week later at Paris–Roubaix he finished 6th. He finished 5th at the National Road Race Championships before lining up for his 5th Tour de France in July.

Israel Start-Up NationEdit

In October 2020, Vanmarcke signed a three-year contract with the Israel Start-Up Nation team.[10]

Major resultsEdit

4th Road race, National Junior Road Championships
3rd Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
6th Circuit de Wallonie
2nd Kattekoers
6th La Côte Picarde
8th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
3rd Kattekoers
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 Bochum
1st   Mountains classification Four Days of Dunkirk
2nd Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Ronde van het Groene Hart
8th Grand Prix de Wallonie
9th Paris–Camembert
4th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Rogaland GP
5th E3 Harelbeke
7th Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Grand Prix Impanis-Van Petegem
1st Grote Prijs Wase Polders
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
5th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Tour des Fjords
5th Rund um Köln
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
5th Binche–Chimay–Binche
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
9th Overall Tour of Alberta
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
4th Strade Bianche
4th London–Surrey Classic
5th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
5th E3 Harelbeke
6th Gent–Wevelgem
7th Münsterland Giro
1st   Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 4
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Tour of Flanders
4th Paris–Roubaix
5th Time trial, National Road Championships
8th E3 Harelbeke
9th Overall Tour du Poitou Charentes
1st   Points classification Tour of Austria
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Bretagne Classic Ouest–France
4th London–Surrey Classic
8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
3rd Dwars door Vlaanderen
5th Road race, National Road Championships
6th Paris–Roubaix
7th E3 Harelbeke
7th Paris–Tours
1st Bretagne Classic
1st Stage 1 Tour du Haut Var
4th Paris–Roubaix
5th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
6th Trofeo Matteotti
9th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Le Samyn
5th Tour of Flanders

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia Has not yet contested during his career
  Tour de France 131 106 104 104 115
  Vuelta a España 139

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo 24
Tour of Flanders 62 DNF 48 29 3 53 3 DNF 13 25 17 5
Paris–Roubaix 20 84 2 4 11 4 6 4 NH
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Has not yet contested during his career
Giro di Lombardia DNF 61 108
Classic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 34 1 74 4 5 3 3 92 23 3
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 3 81 61 59 DNF
Strade Bianche DNF 4 DNF 41
E3 Saxo Bank Classic 4 5 51 5 5 8 23 7 DNF NH 30
Gent–Wevelgem 2 142 DNF 4 6 2 21 17 DNF
Dwars door Vlaanderen 18 39 7 28 3 NH
Bretagne Classic 41 DNF 40 97 4 39 1 28
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 7 29 8 13 40 NH
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 16 DNF 10 DNF 61
Paris–Tours 15 28 76 40 DNF 105 7
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
NH Not held


  1. ^ "Vanmarcke to 'White Label' former Rabobank team for two years". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ "EF Education First Pro Cycling". Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 2 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ Bacon, Ellis (1 January 2020). "2020 Team Preview: EF Education First". Future plc. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Israel Start-Up Nation". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Sep Vanmarke". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  6. ^ James Startt (25 February 2012). "Sep Vanmarcke Takes His Biggest Win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". Bicycling. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  7. ^ Matthew Beaudin (3 April 2013). "Vanmarcke focuses on Paris-Roubaix to salvage spring season". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Cancellara wins his third Paris-Roubaix". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 7 April 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  9. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (7 April 2013). "Vanmarcke expects to lose sleep over Paris-Roubaix final sprint". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  10. ^ Ballinger, Alex (22 October 2020). "Classics specialist Sep Vanmarcke leaves EF Pro Cycling for Israel Start-Up Nation". Cycling Weekly. TI Media. Retrieved 25 October 2020.

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