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by Shane Stokes
April 4, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco; D’Hoore takes Grand Prix de Dottignies; Uncertainty over Vanmarcke’s Roubaix participation; Phinney could be back for Paris-Roubaix; No major issues for Sagan after Flanders crash, video clarifies how fall happened; Cancellara calls Sagan position on Kwaremont a mistake; Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal; Greipel sets sights on Scheldeprijs; Tour of the Battenkill adds UCI event for 2017; No uphill Mogollon finish for Tour of the Gila this year; Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years; 2017 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Chantal Blaak
Sep Vanmarcke’s fall in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders has raised the possibly that he will be forced to miss Paris-Roubaix, with the Belgian rider learning afterwards that he had suffered a fracture.
The Cannondale-Drapac rider was descending after the second ascent of the Oude Kwaremont when he came down. He later revealed that he had broken the little finger on his right hand.
His brother Ken elaborated on the injury to Sporza, saying that things were relatively serious.
“Because of that little finger fracture he can not train and he has lost all his skin on his side. It’s pretty painful. Sep is quite severely damaged.” He added that he had not been able to train today, needing to let his body heal through rest.
As regards Sunday’s race, another one of Vanmarcke’s biggest targets of the season, he indicated that his participation looked unlikely.
“It is still only Monday. It is therefore too early to say that he will not race. But we must face reality. The abrasions can heal, but his little finger is clearly broken. And we’re talking about Paris-Roubaix, not an ordinary race. That’s just the hardest course there is.”
He said that he personally thinks it unlikely that he will start, but that he will try training on Tuesday and will know more then. The team doctors will be part of the decision-making process.
Vanmarcke was second in the 2013 Paris-Roubaix and fourth in 2014 and 2016. He was also twice third in the Tour of Flanders.