Tour de France: Vanmarcke all in for Uran over Roubaix cobbles
When the Tour de France course was announced back in October, multiple riders were pleased to see a Paris-Roubaix stage on day nine. Sep Vanmarcke was certainly among those riders. The 29-year-old Belgian is one of the best in the world on pavé, finishing in the top 10 in nearly all of his recent Paris-Roubaix starts. Jean-Patrick Nazon won the sprint after a mixed Flanders-Roubaix Tour de France stage in 2004, and Lars Boom won an epic rain-soaked mini-Paris-Roubaix stage in 2014. One year later, Tony Martin surprised the peloton in Cambrai. Vanmarcke surely would love to add his name to this list. The chances that it will happen are small, though, as Vanmarcke is riding this Tour in service of team leader and last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran. When asked if that would also be the case in the stage to Roubaix, Vanmarcke was clear. "Yes," he told Cyclingnews ...
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