Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 6, 2016

In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village

Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential

by CyclingTips

Four seasons after he won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with the Garmin-Cervélo/Slipstream Sports setup, the team – now called Cannondale-Drapac – has confirmed that Sep Vanmarcke will return to the fold in 2017.

The Belgian finished second in Paris-Roubaix in 2013 and was fourth in both 2014 and again this year. He is regarded as a major contender for the race victory and news of his signing follows a Tweet underlining this pedigree by the team CEO.

Vanmarcke has said that he will race with the team until at least the end of 2018 and that he believes what is planned will give him a major chance of winning the top Classics.

“I’ve always kept a special feeling for the team, because I started my career in the WorldTour as part of the Slipstream organization,” he stated on Friday. “My contact with the team over the past years has always been warm and with respect for each other. Knowing my contract was expiring, I was not surprised that Jonathan Vaughters and Cannondale-Drapac showed interest in me. But what surprised me was their idea for the future.

“Cannondale-Drapac gives me the opportunity to help create a very strong classics team for the next two years and to implement my own ideas. I’m 28 years old, my strongest years are ahead of me and I want all the details to be in place in order to reach my goals. The potential in this team is huge, the shareholders and sponsors have the same goals as I have, there is already a good and experienced classics group, including riders as Sebastian Langeveld and youngster Dylan van Baarle.

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