Vanmarcke: It's not always better to have good names on paper

Sep Vanmarcke Israel Start-Up Nation 2021
Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation) (Image credit: Israel Start-Up Nation)

Sep Vanmarcke is making his Israel Start-Up Nation debut at Étoile de Bessèges this week, but the Belgian is once again building the first half of his season around the Spring Classics. Vanmarcke, 32, moved to his new team at the start of the year, having called time on his second stint at Slipstream Sports at the end of 2020.

The former Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner was enticed to join a team that now included Chris Froome and Michael Woods because of the space and autonomy he would have in the cobbled Classics and the hope that time hasn't run out for him to land a first Monument.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.