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Gallery: Trek Factory Racing ride with the fans

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Fabian Cancellara takes a push on the Koppenberg

Fabian Cancellara takes a push on the Koppenberg
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The Trek Factory Racing team opened the doors to their fans

The Trek Factory Racing team opened the doors to their fans
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New signing Kristof Vandewalle

New signing Kristof Vandewalle
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Waffles for a pre-ride snack

Waffles for a pre-ride snack
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Fabian Cancellara fixes himself a coffee before the ride

Fabian Cancellara fixes himself a coffee before the ride
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) ahead of the ride

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) ahead of the ride
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The Trek Factory Racing team organised a ride with their fans

The Trek Factory Racing team organised a ride with their fans
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
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Before the ride there were a few rules to go through

Before the ride there were a few rules to go through
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Before the ride there were a few rules to go through

Before the ride there were a few rules to go through
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Strike a pose: Fabian Cancellara is popular with the fans

Strike a pose: Fabian Cancellara is popular with the fans
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Jens Voigt takes on the Koppenberg

Jens Voigt takes on the Koppenberg
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Fabian Cancellara takes a push on the Koppenberg

Fabian Cancellara takes a push on the Koppenberg
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Dirk Demol at the start in Oudenaarde

Dirk Demol at the start in Oudenaarde
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Oudenaarde saw the start of the fan day ride

Oudenaarde saw the start of the fan day ride
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 Stijn Devolder leads the pack

Stijn Devolder leads the pack
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 Stijn Devolder leads the pack

Stijn Devolder leads the pack
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Fabian Cancellara leads Stijn Devolder

Fabian Cancellara leads Stijn Devolder
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Two times Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder

Two times Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder
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Fans cling on as the Trek Fractory Racing riders hit the front

Fans cling on as the Trek Fractory Racing riders hit the front
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Fans cling on as the Trek Fractory Racing riders hit the front

Fans cling on as the Trek Fractory Racing riders hit the front
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Stijn Devolder, 34, will help Cancellara in the Classics

Stijn Devolder, 34, will help Cancellara in the Classics
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Even the biggest stars can struggle on the Koppenberg

Even the biggest stars can struggle on the Koppenberg
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Over a thousand fans turned out to see the new Trek team

Over a thousand fans turned out to see the new Trek team
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To kick-start their new team the Trek Factory Racing squad gathered in Oudenaarde, Belgium on Friday ahead of their official presentation. The occasion was just as much about the fans as it was about the riders with Fabian Cancellara, Jens Voigt and Stijn Devolder going for a ride with the fans. It wasn't just a chance for fans to add to their autograph collection though, as the WorldTour team led a 78 kilometre ride through some of the toughest sections of the Tour of Flanders parcours.

Roughly 250 fans made the trip and took part in the ride, which took place hours before the team were officially presented at the Roubaix Velodrome across the border in Northern France.

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