In addition to Rik Verbrugghe, another Belgian is on his way to Chris Froome’s Israel Start-Up Nation. It concerns Sep Vanmarcke.
The 32-year-old East Fleming has ended his contract with EF. He can stay with Jonathan Vaughters’ squad and also has offers from Bahrain-McLaren, Arkea-Samsic and B&B Hotels – Vital Concept, but Israel Start-Up Nation’s offer comes out on top. There is a three-year contract ready. Vanmarcke must be the successor of Nils Politt as a classic leader. The Belgians Ben Hermans, Jenthe Biermans and Tom Van Asbroeck are also driving the Israeli team.
By the way, Israel Start-Up Nation confirmed the arrival of Verbrugghe as sports manager on Friday. At the Belgian cycling association, they refrain from commenting on the move of the national coach, whose contract expires at the end of this year. The evaluation meeting between the union and Verbrugghe will soon be on the agenda.