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Startline Gallery: Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
February 26, 2012, 11:52,
Updated:
February 26, 2012, 11:52
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, February 27, 2012
Race:
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) arrives to sign on

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) arrives to sign on

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Cavendish, Farrar, Boonen and Greipel set for battle

After the excitement of Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium’s stellar weekend of racing continues with Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday.

While Omloop came down to a break of three with Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) stealing the show, today’s race is expected to come down to a bunch sprint with all but a handful of the fastest sprinters not lining up for the 200 kilometre race.

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky), who is competing in the race for the first time, will be able to count on last year’s winner Chris Sutton to help him but the team boasts a number of alternative options with Ian Stannard and Juan Antonio Flecha also on the team.

Should the race indeed come down to a sprint Cavendish will face-off against some of his biggest rivals. Andre Greipel who has won almost as many races this year as he did in the entire 2011 season, is in fine form.

Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) will be looking for his first win in his new team colours, while Tyler Farrar, Greg Van Avermaet and Tom Boonen can’t be discounted.

The race climbs the Oude Kwaremont, Kruisberg, Kanarieberg and the Tiegemberg, making it a real semi-classic and a taste of what is to come in April.

Cyclingnews has live coverage of the race here and there will be a full race report, photo galleries and rider interviews from the finish.