"It's just a great atmosphere. It's very different than other teams because it's yeah, it's a team with riders and staff from all over the world and you get to see different ways of life. In cycling different ways of preparation towards a race and you get new stories and it's really nice to be part of this."
Sep is Flemish born and bred. Our Classics captain is a perennial contender each spring, having won Omloop het Nieuwblad, finishing second at Paris-Roubaix and Gent Wevelgem, and third at Ronde van Vlaanderen and Dwars door Vlaanderen. Sep’s greatest joy is family time. Brother Ken Vanmarcke is one of the team’s sport director, and his wife and children are regular fixtures at races.
Q&A with Sep
Travel must have?
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.
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.