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by Shane Stokes
March 29, 2018
Lampaert wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Van Dijk takes women’s Dwars door Vlaanderen; Benoot confident prior to Flanders: ‘I am in very good condition’; Vanmarcke has ‘worst feeling of Classics period,” yet nets third; Stapleton sceptical about past use of hidden motors, but says it is a ‘growing threat’; Video: Yves Lampaert – Post race interview – Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2018; Video: Dwars door Vlaanderen 2018 – Ellen Van Dijk’s Champagne Malfunction; Video: A Pro Cyclist’s rest day – Team Wiggins
He finished a fine third in the Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, yet Sep Vanmarcke was playing down his performance afterwards. The EF Education First-Drapac rider said that he was affected by the conditions and didn’t have good sensations.
“I was very cold during the race,” said Vanmarcke after the race. “I suffered quite a bit with that, but I always seemed to be in the right move.” He wasn’t able to go with the winner Yves Lampaert (QuickStep-Floors) when he jumped clear close to the line, but finished second in the sprint behind and secured a podium place. “For me, mentally, it doesn’t change a lot,” he said. “I knew last weekend I was good, but of course having a podium is always nice, always important for the team. Even though I didn’t have the best legs, it’s nice to be on the podium.”
The bigger picture is the most important one: specifically, the Tour of Flanders at the weekend. He finished third in both 2014 and 2016, and expects to be in the running again. “The guys that were at the front today will also be on the front on Sunday,” he predicated.
“Today I didn’t feel great. I had the worst feeling of the whole Classics period. I did some extra training on Sunday after Gent Wevelgem. I really emptied the tank. I’m not fully recovered from that. I think in the end, next weekend, everybody will be ready, and I will also be fully recovered. It’s 70 kilometers longer, and it will be a different race.”