Sep Vanmarcke's Classics campaign in doubt after knee injury at Tirreno-Adriatico
Last Updated: 11/03/13 1:49pm
Sep Vanmarcke suffered a rupture of his bursal sack
Sep Vanmarcke's Classics campaign is in doubt after the Belgian sustained a knee injury in a crash during stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Blanco rider fell in the neutral zone just outside of Ortona, rupturing the bursa in his right knee and forcing his withdrawal from the race.
Tests in Belgium on Monday revealed surgery will not be required, but he faces a battle to be fit for E3 Harelbeke on March 22 and Gent-Wevelgem on March 24.
A Blanco team statement said: "Sep Vanmarcke will not have to undergo surgery on his knee after his crash in the Tirreno-Adriatico. The Belgian instead needs one week of rest.
"The chances he will be able to ride E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem are 50 per cent. In Paris-Roubaix [April 7], Vanmarcke hopes to be in his best shape again."
Vanmarcke had been hoping to improve his record in the cobbled Classics, having won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2012 and finished second in Gent-Wevelgem in 2010.
He tweeted on Sunday: "First news is that the bursa of my knee is torn. First days will decide if operation is needed. Tomorrow new research in Antwerp.
"The only thing I'm hoping is that the classics aren't over. Last 5 months were all focus and dedication, and then this happens."