31 March 2016
The Tour of Flanders is only a few days away. The three ‘big’ favorites for this year’s win are Fabian Cancellara, Greg van Avermaet and Peter Sagan. Still, you also have a chance of winning. You are in good shape. You showed that last week in Gent – Wevelgem. You are motivated and you are calm and relaxed. What a difference with last year. It was by far not your best year. You did not perform well in the Classics. Maybe it was all the pressure the press put on you, maybe you were not in shape. Nevertheless, after the Classics all the pleasure in cycling was gone. You even thought of quitting. That is not how I know the rider Vanmarcke. Quitting at the age of 27? Luckily, you have pulled yourself together. Losing does not mean that you can never win again. You realised that your best years are yet to come. You have learned how to cope with losing a race. That experience might change a lot. It already changed your choice of races. You did not ride Omloop het Nieuwsblad, for an instance, because you want to peak at the right moments. One of those right moments is upcoming Sunday. It will be the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders. How special would it be if a Belgium rider wins? If there is one Belgium rider who deserves the win, it is you.