Injured Vanmarcke in race against time to make it to Flanders after E3 crash

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First)

EF Education First 's Sep Vanmarcke is in a race against time to try to be ready for Sunday's Tour of Flanders , after crashing and injuring his knee at the E3 BinckBank Classic last Friday. After sitting out Gent-Wevelgem two days later, the Belgian may use Wednesday's Dwars door Vlaanderen to test out his knee in competition, but, in consultation with team medical staff, will make whatever decision is necessary to try to be on the start line for Flanders this weekend. "Sep's ankle, knee and ribs took the impact of his crash," EF Education First team doctor David Castol said on the team's website soon after the crash. "Sep's focus is his preparation for Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. We will look to use Wednesday's race at the Dwars door Vlaanderen as a test of his recovery." Vanmarcke has twice finished second at Flanders – in 2014 and 2016 – ...

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