Grey skies hung over the start of the 2010 Tour of Flanders on Sunday morning, but that didn't stop thousands of eager spectators from flocking to Bruges, Belgium for the departure of the country's premiere spring Classic. Cyclingnews was on hand and captured these images of the scene.
The cool, wet conditions kept the riders tucked away in their team buses until minutes before the official start, although Lance Armstrong's RadioShack squad broke with the convention to register before many of the other teams had even arrived at the team enclosure. Armstrong himself the first to sign-on for the day.
Luckily for the riders, the rain ceased as the bulk of the riders began the 400 metre journey along the Steenstraat to the startline in Bruges' Grote Markt (Great Market). The hardy fans lining every inch of the street - a crescendo of noise following the big names as they made their way through the unique corridor.