Vanmarcke left inconsolable after taking another fourth place at Roubaix

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) displays his heavily strapped knee at the 2019 Paris-Roubaix

Belgian pavé specialist Sep Vanmarcke ( EF Education First ) was inconsolable after crossing the finish line at the Roubaix velodrome in fourth place, 40 seconds behind Paris-Roubaix winner Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on Sunday. It was Vanmarcke's third fourth-place finish at the race, and his fifth top-10 result at ' The Hell of the North '. A troubled build-up to the race didn't keep him from battling for the victory right up until the final major cobbled sector in Gruson, where a jammed rear derailleur effectively ended his Roubaix challenge. With the pain of his injured knee – sustained in a crash at the E3 BinckBank Classic – in the back of his mind, along with those numerous past, close calls at Roubaix, Vanmarcke found it extremely hard to accept that a mechanical problem had kept him from sprinting for victory. "It's just not meant to be for me. I ...

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