Sep Vanmarcke

Anzegem, Belgium and Girona, Spain
Languages Spoken
Dutch, English, French, Spanish

The EF Education First classics squad is built around perennial contender Sep Vanmarcke. The Belgian’s palmarès include regular podium appearances at the cobbled races. He’s won Omloop het Nieuswblad (2012) and three times finished third (2017, 2018, 2019) at the spring season opener. He raced to second at Paris-Roubaix (2013) and Gent Wevelgem (2010, 2016) and third at Tour of Flanders (2014, 2016) and Dwars door Vlaanderen (2018).

Sep turned professional in 2009 with Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator and pulled on argyle as he made the move to the WorldTour. He spent two seasons with Garmin-Sharp (2011-2012), as this team was then known, before leaving for Dutch squad Belkin (now LottoNL-Jumbo). Five years on, in 2017, Sep was back in argyle. His return coincided with the signing of his brother Ken Vanmarcke, who is one of the #PinkArgyle’s five sport directors.

Sep is Flemish born and bred and currently lives in Anzegem, a couple of kilometers from the Ronde van Vlaanderen course. He cut his racing chops with KSV Deerlijk-Gaverzicht, the club that was formed in 1941 and once counted Alberic Schotte, Marc Demeyer, Patrick Lefevere, Dirk Demol and Eric Van Lancker amongst its junior members.

In early 2017, Zot van Fietsen published “Sep, een klein biografie: Hoe Sep Vanmarcke wielerheld werd” (“Sep, a small biography: How Sep Vanmarcke became a cycling hero”). The 96-page book shares Sep’s story of a cycling-crazy boy turned professional rider with a heavy focus on his memories from his junior days. The book, published only in Flemish, includes commentary from his parents, teachers and sport directors scattered between colorful illustrations and photos from Sep’s family album. The book is made for children, hoping it will inspire them to go outside and find joy on the bike, just as Sep did.

Q&A with Sep

Travel must have?

Cycling shoes

Best day on the bike?

At the moment, it was winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. That’s the biggest race I’ve won. I was very young at the time, riding for this team, and I beat Boonen, who was the hero of those years. I beat him in the sprint, which was a real surprise for me and also for him and everybody else. It’s a great memory, the start of my Classics career.

Dream vacation?

Somewhere where I can go hiking in the mountains. I've never been skiing in my life, so after my career, for sure the first thing I’ll do is skiing.

Pump up song?

Anything. Everything. Music makes everybody happy. It doesn't matter what it is. I'll listen to anything.

Earliest cycling memory?

This is hard to say because from when I was really young I was racing or riding my bike all the time at home. I remember my brother, Ken, taught me how to ride a bike without any training wheels. That’s one of my earlier memories.