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Gallery: On the start line of Scheldeprijs

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
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Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha)

Luca Paolini (Katusha)
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has a photo taken with a fan

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has a photo taken with a fan
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
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Lotto Belisol wait at sign-on

Lotto Belisol wait at sign-on
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Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin)

Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin)
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Andrea Guardini (Astana)

Andrea Guardini (Astana)
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Greg van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg van Avermaet (BMC)
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Belkin wait to go on stage

Belkin wait to go on stage
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Theo Bos (Belkin)

Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Theo Bos (Belkin)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) looking to put the Tour of Flanders behind him

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) looking to put the Tour of Flanders behind him
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)
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A cold Garmin-Sharp team wait for sign on

A cold Garmin-Sharp team wait for sign on
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Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr)

Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)
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Geraint Thomas (Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Sky)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
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Androni Giocattoli's Bianchi's await their riders

Androni Giocattoli's Bianchi's await their riders
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The crowds watch as the riders sign on

The crowds watch as the riders sign on
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Kenny van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli) gets cold as he waits to sign on

Kenny van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli) gets cold as he waits to sign on
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Trek Factory Racing are presented to the crowds

Trek Factory Racing are presented to the crowds
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
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The stars of the Tour of Flanders returned to action for the first time since the weekend, as they build up to Paris-Roubaix and the fans were out in force as they tried to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

Last weekend’s top three, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), Greg van Avermaet (BMC) and Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) were in hot demand at the start line. They won’t be hogging the limelight though as the sprinters go in search of victory.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) were also in action at the weekend, and they could be potential winners today, although it will be a tough fight against the pure sprinters. Sagan is beginning to get restless as he continues to miss out on a much desired monument victory. Cannondale also have Elia Viviani as an option for the bunch sprint.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) has been the dominant force here for the past couple of years, with two consecutive victories. He will be looking to right the mistakes that saw him finish the Three Days of de Panne without a win. Omega Pharma-QuickStep showed up with a powerful line-up that was only missing Mark Cavendish, who continues to suffer with an illness. As ever, they’ve got a number of cards to play, but their support will be for Geert Steegmans.

Theo Bos (Belkin), Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Kenny van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli) will all be out to upset the apple cart and get one over on their more favoured rivals.