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Gallery: Team Sky tackle Tour of Flanders course

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Gabriel Rasch has a little help from Geraint Thomas as he tests out his new Pinarello bike on the climbs

Gabriel Rasch has a little help from Geraint Thomas as he tests out his new Pinarello bike on the climbs
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Luke Rowe (Team Sky) trains with the Classics squad in Belgium

Luke Rowe (Team Sky) trains with the Classics squad in Belgium
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Gabriel Rasch signed from FDJ at the end of the season

Gabriel Rasch signed from FDJ at the end of the season
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Luke Rowe (Team Sky)

Luke Rowe (Team Sky)
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Geraint Thomas comes to a standstill

Geraint Thomas comes to a standstill
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will ride the spring classics for the first time since 2011

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will ride the spring classics for the first time since 2011
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The core of Sky's Classics team train in Belgium ahead of the 2013 season

The core of Sky's Classics team train in Belgium ahead of the 2013 season
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) will look to shine in the 2013 spring classics

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) will look to shine in the 2013 spring classics
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The core of Sky's Classics team train in Belgium ahead of the 2013 season

The core of Sky's Classics team train in Belgium ahead of the 2013 season
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Berhard Eisel (Team Sky)

Berhard Eisel (Team Sky)
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Gabriel Rasch signed for Sky from FDJ

Gabriel Rasch signed for Sky from FDJ
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British national road champion Ian Stannard looks impressive on the Belgian bergs

British national road champion Ian Stannard looks impressive on the Belgian bergs
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With Flecha gone Bernhard Eisel will assume more of a leadership role in the Spring races

With Flecha gone Bernhard Eisel will assume more of a leadership role in the Spring races
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Boasson Hagen leads his teammates

Boasson Hagen leads his teammates
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Ian Stannard (Team Sky) powers up the Koppenberg

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) powers up the Koppenberg
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While Bradley Wiggins and the rest of Team Sky's Grand Tour riders gather in Mallorca, the team's Classics contingent has spent the last few days in Belgium as they prepare for an assault on the Spring Classics.

It's fair to say that the British team have failed to apply the same dominance to the one-day scene of  Belgium as they have to stage racing, and in 2013 the team are determined to improve their Classic form.

Geraint Thomas, who is returning to the Classics after his Olympic year, Ian Stannard, Bernhard Eisel, Luke Rowe and Edvald Boasson Hagen formed the core of team who spent the last few days riding reconnaissance over the Tour of Flanders course with Rod Ellingworth shepherding the riders from the team car. Another participant in the mini-training camp was Gabriel Rasch, who signed from FDJ in the off-season.

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