Vanmarcke: Israel Start-Up Nation have much stronger Classics riders than you think

Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation) riding the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Sep Vanmarcke has come to the end of his first season at Israel Start-Up Nation, and his 12th as a professional, reflecting on another year of ups and downs, though confident that he and his Classics teammates are a stronger lineup than many fans and onlookers may think.

This year, the 33-year-old specialist enjoyed a cluster of solid cobbled results early in the season – third at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, fourth at Le Samyn, and fifth at the Tour of Flanders – but suffered another day of bad luck at the delayed Paris-Roubaix in October, finishing down in 23rd.

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