Sitting in 160th place overall in the Tour de France general classification, Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) isn't an overall contender. Instead, he's been hard at work as a domestique for his team during the first 12 stages of this year's race, his first Tour.
"Our team leaders are doing great - better than expected, and everyone is really motivated," said Vanmarcke, who said he particularly enjoyed what he called the "most beautiful finish ever" of stage 11 into Mont-Saint-Michel.
"The Tour de France is more about me helping others," said Vanmarcke. "Maybe in September and October, I can do something for myself again in the semi-Classic races."
The Belgian rider said everything was going well with the team's new sponsor and its all new equipment, delivered just in time for the Tour.