Vanmarcke willing to gamble and ready to sprint at Tour of Flanders

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac) waves to his infant daughter from the podium at Omloop Het

Can Sep Vanmarcke win the Tour of Flanders ? Maybe the question should be 'how can Sep Vanmarcke win the Tour of Flanders?'. It doesn't require the keenest of eyes to see the EF Education First-Drapac rider's strength on the cobbles, but what's more difficult to envisage is a situation in which he wins De Ronde on Sunday. That's largely due to the Belgian's sprint, with which he has a poor track record. Twice at Paris-Roubaix and once at the Tour of Flanders he has missed out on victory in a small group sprint, and it has happened at other smaller races, too. With Vanmarcke, you get the sense that if he's going to win, it would have to be alone, and for that to happen many stars would have to align. Vanmarcke, however, defended his sprint in his pre-Flanders press conference on Friday, where it was announced he'd signed ...

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