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On the start line of De Panne

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(Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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The Lotto riders head to the sign in. Could today be their day?

The Lotto riders head to the sign in. Could today be their day? (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Robbie Mcewen (Katusha)

Robbie Mcewen (Katusha) (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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David Millar is on form after winning a stage at Criterium International

David Millar is on form after winning a stage at Criterium International (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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When Saiz said he wasn't finished with cycling we weren't expecting this

When Saiz said he wasn't finished with cycling we weren't expecting this (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Philippe Gilbert's bike for Flanders

Philippe Gilbert's bike for Flanders (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Gorka Izagirre Insausti at the start

Gorka Izagirre Insausti at the start (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wrapped up in the cold conditions

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wrapped up in the cold conditions (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)

Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Sergueï Ivanov looks to the skies in search of some sun

Sergueï Ivanov looks to the skies in search of some sun (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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HTC-Columbia prepare to role out

HTC-Columbia prepare to role out (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team)

Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Daniele Bennati (Liquigas)

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Despite the poor weather the crowds turned out

Despite the poor weather the crowds turned out (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Allan Davis (Astana)

Allan Davis (Astana) (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Niko Eeckhout still looks fit and race-ready

Niko Eeckhout still looks fit and race-ready (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Euskaltel bikes in the team bus

Euskaltel bikes in the team bus (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Garmin riders head to the start

Garmin riders head to the start (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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With no Tom Boonen in the race Philippe Gilbert became the fans favourite

With no Tom Boonen in the race Philippe Gilbert became the fans favourite (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Kenny Robert Van Hummel after finding out his team would not be at this year's Tour de France

Kenny Robert Van Hummel after finding out his team would not be at this year's Tour de France (Image credit: Daniel Benson)

Fans and riders alike braved grey conditions in Middelkerke, Belgium this morning for the start of the 2010 Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde. Cyclingnews was there to capture these images as the peloton prepared to set off on the 198 kilometre journey to Oudenaarde.

While a number of ProTour squads have forgone the Three Days, the race still boasts a formidable entry list. Tour of Flanders favourites Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) both donned their rain capes for what will be their final tune-up for this Sunday's major Belgian Classic.

After learning of their non-invitation to the Tour de France on Tuesday morning, Skil-Shimano and Vacansoleil were in a mood that matched the weather, but indicated to Cyclingnews that they respond on the road in their typically attacking fashion.