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On the start line at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

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Wilfried Peeters looks happy to be here

Wilfried Peeters looks happy to be here
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Jeremy Hunt (Sky) rides to sign in

Jeremy Hunt (Sky) rides to sign in
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The Sky team will be looking to go one better than yesterday

The Sky team will be looking to go one better than yesterday
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) is a big favourite and didn't race yesterday

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) is a big favourite and didn't race yesterday
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The start line at Kuurne

The start line at Kuurne
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No time to talk: Boonen skips the press and heads straight for the start

No time to talk: Boonen skips the press and heads straight for the start
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Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)

Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)
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Devolder missed the moves yesterday and will be looking for a better result in Kuurne

Devolder missed the moves yesterday and will be looking for a better result in Kuurne
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The start line in Kuurne

The start line in Kuurne
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Tom Boonen (Quickstep)

Tom Boonen (Quickstep)
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The Cofidis bikes at the start

The Cofidis bikes at the start
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Nico Mattan gives his opinion on what could be another exciting race

Nico Mattan gives his opinion on what could be another exciting race
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The Cervelo bikes outside the Garmin bus

The Cervelo bikes outside the Garmin bus
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The Sky mechanics make sure that everything is just right for the riders

The Sky mechanics make sure that everything is just right for the riders
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It's a dog's life

It's a dog's life
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Alan Pieper and Peter Van Petegem

Alan Pieper and Peter Van Petegem
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Russell Downing (Sky)

Russell Downing (Sky)
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Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) will ride in support of Farrar today

Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) will ride in support of Farrar today
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Flecha talks about yesterday's action

Flecha talks about yesterday's action
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Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) is hoping to make the team for Flanders and Roubaix

Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervelo) is hoping to make the team for Flanders and Roubaix
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Filippo Pozzato can win from a small group and on his own

Filippo Pozzato can win from a small group and on his own
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The opening weekend of racing in Belgium continues today with the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne race. Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was raced under pouring rain but it was dry and windy as the riders rolled out from the start for the 193km race around Western Flanders.

The wind could play a key part in the race, sparking echelons and splits in the peloton and helping or hindering any breakaways. The race also climbs the Oude Kwaremont, Kruisberg, Kanarieberg and the Tiegemberg, making it a real semi-classic and a taste of what is to come in April.

Last year Bobbie Traksel was a surprise but well deserved winner after being part of a three-rider attack that stayed away for most of the day. The move also included Rick Flens (Rabobank) and Ian Stannard (Team Sky), who finished second and third.

There were tired faces at the start line in Kuurne as riders got ready for their second taste of racing in Flanders but there were also some fresh faces as some teams swapped riders in their rosters. Garmin-Cervelo has made several strategic changes, with sprinter Tyler Farrar replacing world champion as team leader. Will that give the American an advantage? We’ll find out later today.

Cyclingnews has live coverage of the race here and there will be a full race report, photo galleries and rider interviews from the finish.