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Gallery: On the start line at Scheldeprijs

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Maarten Tjallingii ready for sign on

Maarten Tjallingii ready for sign on
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Thomas de Gendt and the Lotto-Soudal team

Thomas de Gendt and the Lotto-Soudal team
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A few of the Steene Mollen beers that Matt Brammeier earned on Sunday

A few of the Steene Mollen beers that Matt Brammeier earned on Sunday
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Greg Handerson pulls up a pew

Greg Handerson pulls up a pew
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Zdenek Stybar got a new set of teeth for the race

Zdenek Stybar got a new set of teeth for the race
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Mark Renshaw and Zdenek Stybar discuss the weather

Mark Renshaw and Zdenek Stybar discuss the weather
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Bradley Wiggins waits to sign on

Bradley Wiggins waits to sign on
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Bradley Wiggins and Greg Henderson

Bradley Wiggins and Greg Henderson
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Alexander Kristoff talks to the media

Alexander Kristoff talks to the media
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Luca Paolini takes a photo with a fan

Luca Paolini takes a photo with a fan
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Stijn Devolder is Trek Factory Racing's leader with Fabian Cancellara injured

Stijn Devolder is Trek Factory Racing's leader with Fabian Cancellara injured
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Italians Matteo Trentin, Elia Viviani and Andrea Guardini talking

Italians Matteo Trentin, Elia Viviani and Andrea Guardini talking
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Davide Frattini makes his way to the startline

Davide Frattini makes his way to the startline
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Sep Vanmarcke was relaxed at the start

Sep Vanmarcke was relaxed at the start
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Johan Vansummeren makes his way to the cars

Johan Vansummeren makes his way to the cars
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Matteo Tretin (Etixx-QuickStep)

Matteo Tretin (Etixx-QuickStep)
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Andrea Guardini will be looking for the victory today

Andrea Guardini will be looking for the victory today
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Lars Boom is all smiles

Lars Boom is all smiles
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Matt Brammeier is finally awarded the beer he won at the Tour of Flanders

Matt Brammeier is finally awarded the beer he won at the Tour of Flanders
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FDJ bikes all in a row

FDJ bikes all in a row
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Zdenek Stybar's bag is neatly packed into the back of an Etixx-QuickStep car

Zdenek Stybar's bag is neatly packed into the back of an Etixx-QuickStep car
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Gert Steegmans (Trek Factory Racing)

Gert Steegmans (Trek Factory Racing)
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Stijn Vandenbergh heads to the stage

Stijn Vandenbergh heads to the stage
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Jef Van Meirhaeghe rides back to the bus after sign on

Jef Van Meirhaeghe rides back to the bus after sign on
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Theo Bos joins the riders going for the bearded look

Theo Bos joins the riders going for the bearded look
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Trek Factory Racing have a Bontrager duotrap S fitted into their chainstays

Trek Factory Racing have a Bontrager duotrap S fitted into their chainstays
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert's colourful cubes

Wanty-Groupe Gobert's colourful cubes
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Peter Sagan talks to the media

Peter Sagan talks to the media
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Peter Sagan goes for a plain black Specialized S Works for Scheldeprijs

Peter Sagan goes for a plain black Specialized S Works for Scheldeprijs
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Lasse Norman Hansen pulls a track stand

Lasse Norman Hansen pulls a track stand
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Sebastian Langeveld's national champion coloured Cannondale

Sebastian Langeveld's national champion coloured Cannondale
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Stijn Vandenbergh broke his nose during the Tour of Flanders

Stijn Vandenbergh broke his nose during the Tour of Flanders
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Antwerp was bathed in sunshine as the riders lined up for the start of Scheldeprijs.

Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and André Greipel all opted not to ride this year but there was still a large turnout for the mid-week race. Four days before Paris-Roubaix, several of the contenders for Sunday’s race were on show for the crowds that lined the streets.

Recent Tour of Flanders victor Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was relaxed as he spoke to the media. The Norwegian has the form to take a historical Flanders, Scheldeprijs, Roubaix triple but says he won’t take any risks today ahead of his big goal. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was also present, the Slovakian looking to turn over his legs ahead of the weekend, but he too is a threat for victory.

Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) was a popular man with the crowds. The Belgian has recovered from the disappointment of Flanders and was optimistic about his chances at Roubaix.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was also on fine form as he joked with his teammates next to the sign on stage, and at the MTN-Qhubeka bus, Matt Brammeier was handed some of the beer that he earned at the Tour of Flanders by winning the intermediate sprint.