Sep Vanmarcke aiming to go big in Tour of Flanders after string of top 5 placings

Belkin's Sep Vanmarcke is now ranked by bookies just behind Cancellara, Sagan and Boonen for Sunday's Tour of Flanders

A string of top fives in all the recent one-day cobbled classics marks Sep Vanmarcke as a favourite to win the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

"My team is working 100 percent for me, they believe in me," the 25-year-old Belgian told Cycling Weekly yesterday. "I believe in my chances."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.