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Liquigas-Cannondale and Lampre-ISD recon Tour of Flanders

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Riders will have to face the Old Kwaremont on Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

Riders will have to face the Old Kwaremont on Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
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Liquigas ride Flanders

Liquigas ride Flanders
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan on the Koppenberg

Peter Sagan on the Koppenberg
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Simon Spilak (Lampre-ISD)

Simon Spilak (Lampre-ISD)
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Hondo sets the pace

Hondo sets the pace
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A rider crashes in front of the Lampre-ISD team.

A rider crashes in front of the Lampre-ISD team.
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Lampre struggle up the climb

Lampre struggle up the climb
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A Lampre rider has to weave through on the climb

A Lampre rider has to weave through on the climb
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Liquigas-Cannondale riders recon critical Tour of Flanders climbs.

Liquigas-Cannondale riders recon critical Tour of Flanders climbs.
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Does not compute: A rider checks his computer on the Koppenberg.

Does not compute: A rider checks his computer on the Koppenberg.
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The Mur de Grammont

The Mur de Grammont
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Tourists take on the Old Kwaremont. The pros will follow on Sunday.

Tourists take on the Old Kwaremont. The pros will follow on Sunday.
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The course is ready and on Sunday the peloton will tackle one of the most famous races in cycling

The course is ready and on Sunday the peloton will tackle one of the most famous races in cycling
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Everyone loves cycling in these parts.

Everyone loves cycling in these parts.
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Everyone loves cycling in these parts.

Everyone loves cycling in these parts.
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Tourists struggle up the Koppenberg.

Tourists struggle up the Koppenberg.
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas)

Daniel Oss (Liquigas)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas)

Peter Sagan (Liquigas)
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The Liquigas-Cannondale team car on the climbs.

The Liquigas-Cannondale team car on the climbs.
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The top of the Grammont

The top of the Grammont
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The Tour of Flanders is but two days away but that hasn’t stopped Italian squads Lampre-ISD and Liquigas-Cannondale from riding reconnaissance over the most important parts of the route.

While Quick Step, Leopard Trek and Garmin-Cervelo all organised media press conferences, Italy’s two biggest teams took to the parcours for some last-minute preparation and training.

Liquigas-Cannondale will line-up with one of the strongest teams in the race and with Peter Sagan the team will have a legitimate shot for the podium. The 21-year-old Slovak is riding his first Classics campaign but showed in Gent-Wevelgem that he is here for more than experience, forming the most dangerous move of the race and almost holding off the peloton with his escape companions.

Lampre-ISD, on the other hand, will have one eye on the Ardennes later this month where they’ll be led by Damiano Cunego and Michele Scarponi in La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.