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"It is the 100th Ronde and I want to be at my best. The recon was good and I am a contender to win, but there are even bigger favorites."

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02.04.2016 @ 14:42 Posted by Joseph Doherty

With podium places in E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem, Sep Vanmarcke has emerged as one of the Belgian candidates for the win on Sunday in Flanders. For the rider from LottoNL-Jumbo, this is also a proof that his annual planning was good as he told a press conference after the course recon.

 

Sep Vanmarcke missed the opening weekend with the Omloop and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, claimingnhe didn’t want to be in shape too early.

 

"That was a good approach this year," he says to Sporza. "I had been working a long time for these weeks, and knew the conditions would be good. But it is fine if that translates into results."

 

Vanmarcke was second in Gent-Wevelgem after Sagan. "After the E3 Harelbeke, I hoped to be a little stronger and it was so on Sunday. And the form will not disappear in a week."

 

So Vanmarcke will be there Sunday. "It is the 100th Ronde and I want to be at my best. The recon was good and I am a contender to win, but there are even bigger favorites."

 

"You must be very strong to follow Cancellara. And besides him, you still have Sagan, strong Sky boys and Etixx-Quick Step will also be good."

 

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