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Tour of Flanders from behind the lens

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 05, 2010, 23:00 BST,
Updated:
April 05, 2010, 23:21 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Race:
Ronde van Vlaanderen
A shattered David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) recovers after the race.

A shattered David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) recovers after the race.

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A gallery of memorable images from Sunday's race

The 2010 edition of the Tour of Flanders was one for the ages as time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) atoned for his disappointing early exit on the Koppenberg last year with a masterful solo victory this Easter Sunday. The Swiss national champion added the third Monument to his palmares, to go along with victories in Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.

Our photographers were on hand in Flanders to capture the day's events from the start in Bruges through to the finish in Ninove nearly six and a half hours later. Relive the agony and the ecstasy of the 'Ronde' through its numerous bergs, brutal stretches of cobbles and the roaring masses on hand to see their champions battle for one of the most prestigious races in all of cycling.

We hope you enjoy this gallery of some of our favourite photos from this year's Tour of Flanders.

Riders roll out of picturesque Bruges for the 94th Tour of Flanders.

Riders roll out of picturesque Bruges for the 94th Tour of Flanders. Photo: Bettini

The peloton travels through the Flanders fields.

The peloton travels through the Flanders fields. Photo: Bettini

Crowds line a section of cobbles.

Crowds line a section of cobbles. Photo: Bettini

The Tour of Flanders tests the logisitics abilities of its teams as mechanics are situated on the course with spare wheels.

The Tour of Flanders tests the logisitics abilities of its teams as mechanics are situated on the course with spare wheels. Photo: Bettini

Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) leads the early break up the Paterberg while sporting a Lion of Flanders helmet cover.

Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) leads the early break up the Paterberg while sporting a Lion of Flanders helmet cover. Photo: Sirotti

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) and American champion George Hincapie (BMC) power over the cobbles.

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) and American champion George Hincapie (BMC) power over the cobbles. Photo: Bettini

Philippe Gilbert would finish on the Ronde podium for the second straight year.

Philippe Gilbert would finish on the Ronde podium for the second straight year. Photo: ISPA

American champion George Hincape (BMC) climbs the Paterberg.

American champion George Hincape (BMC) climbs the Paterberg. Photo: Sirotti

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) grits his teeth on the Paterberg while eventual winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) appears unfazed by the cobbled climb.

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) grits his teeth on the Paterberg while eventual winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) appears unfazed by the cobbled climb. Photo: Sirotti

Fabian Cancellara makes his move on the Molenberg.

Fabian Cancellara makes his move on the Molenberg. Photo: ISPA

The Swiss and Belgian champions go head-to-head for Flanders supremacy.

The Swiss and Belgian champions go head-to-head for Flanders supremacy. Photo: Bettini

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto) leads David Millar and Bjorn Leukemans in their pursuit of Cancellara and Boonen.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto) leads David Millar and Bjorn Leukemans in their pursuit of Cancellara and Boonen. Photo: ISPA

And then there were two...Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara on their race winning attack.

And then there were two...Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara on their race winning attack. Photo: Bettini

Belgian champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) gives it his all on the Kapelmuur.

Belgian champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) gives it his all on the Kapelmuur. Photo: Bettini

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) is now alone in the lead on the Kapelmuur.

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) is now alone in the lead on the Kapelmuur. Photo: Sirotti

The roar of the home crowd was not enough to keep Tom Boonen (Quick Step) with Cancellara on the Kapelmuur.

The roar of the home crowd was not enough to keep Tom Boonen (Quick Step) with Cancellara on the Kapelmuur. Photo: Bettini

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto) leads Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) up the Kapelmuur.

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto) leads Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) up the Kapelmuur. Photo: Bettini

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) would not be able to defend his Ronde title.

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) would not be able to defend his Ronde title. Photo: Bettini

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) returned to the Tour of Flanders for the first time in eight years.

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) returned to the Tour of Flanders for the first time in eight years. Photo: Bettini

Riders pass the chapel atop the Kapelmuur.

Riders pass the chapel atop the Kapelmuur Photo: Bettini

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) flattens the Bosberg, the Tour of Flanders' final climb.

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) flattens the Bosberg, the Tour of Flanders' final climb. Photo: ISPA

A sea of flags greets Ronde winner Fabian Cancellara, himself carrying a Swiss flag, in Ninove.

A sea of flags greets Ronde winner Fabian Cancellara, himself carrying a Swiss flag, in Ninove. Photo: Bettini

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) arrives alone in Ninove more than one minute behind Cancellara.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) arrives alone in Ninove more than one minute behind Cancellara. Photo: Sirotti

Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Transitions) wins the field sprint for fifth place.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Transitions) wins the field sprint for fifth place. Photo: Sirotti

Fabian Cancellara celebrates on the podium.

Fabian Cancellara celebrates on the podium. Photo: Bettini

Former Ronde champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC)

Former Ronde champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC) at the finish. Photo: Sirotti

Fabian Cancellara with his winner's trophy.

Fabian Cancellara with his winner's trophy. Photo: Sirotti

A shattered David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) recovers after the race.

A shattered David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) recovers after the race. Photo: Bettini

Tom Boonen congratulates race winner Fabian Cancellara on the podium.

Tom Boonen congratulates race winner Fabian Cancellara on the podium. Photo: ISPA

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