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Gallery: Wiggle-Honda recon Tour of Flanders route

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The team assemble in Oudenaarde Market

The team assemble in Oudenaarde Market
(Image credit: Bart Hazen)
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Mara Abbott leads Dani King

Mara Abbott leads Dani King
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Team manager Rochelle Gilmore also gets on the bike

Team manager Rochelle Gilmore also gets on the bike
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New signing Anna Christian

New signing Anna Christian
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Emilia Fahlin goes for the middle lane

Emilia Fahlin goes for the middle lane
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Eileen Roe takes to the side of the road

Eileen Roe takes to the side of the road
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Giorgia Bronzini

Giorgia Bronzini
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Coming off the Oude Kwaremont

Coming off the Oude Kwaremont
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Elisa Longo Borghini rides up the Paterberg

Elisa Longo Borghini rides up the Paterberg
(Image credit: Bart Hazen)
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Anna Sanchis

Anna Sanchis
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Chloe Hosking

Chloe Hosking
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Emilia Fahlin

Emilia Fahlin
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Eileen Roe wraps up against the cold

Eileen Roe wraps up against the cold
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Giorgia Bronzini leads the way

Giorgia Bronzini leads the way
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Japanese champion Mayuko Haiwara

Japanese champion Mayuko Haiwara
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A fully focussed Chloe Hosking

A fully focussed Chloe Hosking
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Audrey Cordon

Audrey Cordon
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Elisa Longo Borghini looks happy on the front

Elisa Longo Borghini looks happy on the front
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Riding up the Kaperij

Riding up the Kaperij
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Anna Christian turns pro with the team this year

Anna Christian turns pro with the team this year
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Mara Abbott lets her teammates know of dangers ahead

Mara Abbott lets her teammates know of dangers ahead
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Annetter Edmondson leads the team on the Kanarieberg

Annetter Edmondson leads the team on the Kanarieberg
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Chloe Hosking and her new teammate Jolien d'Hoore

Chloe Hosking and her new teammate Jolien d'Hoore
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Jolien d'Hoore joined the team this season

Jolien d'Hoore joined the team this season
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Riding up the Kanarieberg

Riding up the Kanarieberg
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The team splits into two groups

The team splits into two groups
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Audrey Courdon and Mayuko Hagiwara ride side by side

Audrey Courdon and Mayuko Hagiwara ride side by side
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The team cars follow the training ride

The team cars follow the training ride
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Dani King and Elisa Longo Borghini on the fron on the Hotondberg

Dani King and Elisa Longo Borghini on the fron on the Hotondberg
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The riders take on the Hotondberg

The riders take on the Hotondberg
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Jolien d'Hoore leads the group on the Kwaremont

Jolien d'Hoore leads the group on the Kwaremont
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The riders make their way up the Paterberg

The riders make their way up the Paterberg
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Following the opening of the classics season with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Wiggle-Honda stuck around in Belgium to take a look at the Tour of Flanders route this week. The team's stars, including double world champion Giorgia Bronzini and two-time Giro Rosa champion Mara Abbott, braved the cold temperatures as the sized up the 144.9-kilometre course.

New signing Elisa Longo Borghini was also present and is likely to be the team's best chance for victory, the Italian moved from Hitec Products over the winter. Longo Borghini is a consistent performer at Flanders and finished fourth in last year's edition winning the sprint from the chasing group.

The women's course begins and ends in Oudenaard, with the Wolvenberg the first climb of the day after 49 kilometres. Nine more ascents lie ahead culminating with the Paterberg just over 13 kilometres from the finish. The Women's Tour of Flanders forms part of the World Cup and takes place on Sunday, April 5. Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) is the defending champion.