Vanmarcke second in GP Jef Scherens after photo finish
Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s Sep Vanmarke waited a long time to find out he lost the GP Jef Scherens today in Belgium. One guy said yes, the other said no. With the naked eye it wasn’t possible to see whether the Belgian had beaten his compatriot Bert De Backer (Argos-Shimano) in the sprint. Eventually, the photo finish was decisive: De Backer first, Vanmarcke second.
Vanmarcke and De Backer had attacked in the last three kilometres and held on to a small lead. Afterwards Sports Director Jan Boven spoke of a real Belgian race. “A small break took off early. When entering the local lap the bunch reeled them in. This was followed by attack after attack over eighty kilometres,” he said. “We were in every move. We had a very strong race; exactly as we wanted. We were part of the race and, as we saw, allows you to have a chance. If you pushed into defence mode, you’re on the wrong side of things.”
Good test for the World’s
Four of the eight Belkin riders who were at today’s start in Leuven will travel to Italy for next week’s World Championship team time trial. “They’ve had a good final test,” added Boven. “Only Rick had a bad day but he will be up for the task in Florence.”
Besides Flens, Jos van Emden, Wilco Kelderman, Tom Leezer, Stef Clement and Robert Wagner will also form part of the time trial team.