Sep Vanmarcke disappointed by World Championship omission
Sep 04 2017 11:35 pm CET

Sep Vanmarcke disappointed by World Championship omission
Sep Vanmarcke disappointed by World Championship omission
Photo of Sep Vanmarcke by Cannondale-Drapac

Cannondale-Drapac's Sep Vanmarcke is disappointed with the decision to keep him out of the Belgian squad for the upcoming World Championships in Bergen, Norway.

The rider told Sporza that the World Championship was his last main goal of the season. "So I am quite disappointed," he said.

"I had hoped to be included. I had a good summer and things went especially well in the last weeks. In Plouay, for example, I could anticipated all the attacks and ended up with a nice fourth place between all the sprinters' violence. So I'm a bit surprised by the omission.

"After a bad sprint I wanted to peak in the summer and autumn, but this is a big set-back. The World Championships were definitely on my mind and me not being there is a deception. This way my last goal of the season just disappears."

Vanmarcke was told by coach Kevin De Weert that he did not suit the team's plans for the World Championships.

"I understand that he had to make choices. De Weert told me that I would have been the 'free role too many'. Strange, because I never made any demands about a free role. I had already told him that I would accept any role.

"When I got into the pre-selection, I began to focus on the World Championship. By performing well in the summer I wanted to secure my spot but unfortunately I didn't manage."