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On the start line of Gent-Wevelgem

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Fumiyuki Beppu (RadioShack) in Deinze

Fumiyuki Beppu (RadioShack) in Deinze (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Hayden Roulston (HTC-Columbia) makes a fan's day as Gert Dockx looks pretty pleased to be in Belgium

Hayden Roulston (HTC-Columbia) makes a fan's day as Gert Dockx looks pretty pleased to be in Belgium (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Hayden Roulston selects his weapon of choice

Hayden Roulston selects his weapon of choice (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Former pro Daniele Nardalo is not on the staff at Footon-Servetto

Former pro Daniele Nardalo is not on the staff at Footon-Servetto (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) finished third at E3 Prijs Vlaanderen on Saturday

Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) finished third at E3 Prijs Vlaanderen on Saturday (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Defending Champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)

Defending Champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Sky teammates Chris Sutton and Michael Barry prepare to head to the start

Sky teammates Chris Sutton and Michael Barry prepare to head to the start (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Cyclingnews diarist Kenny van Hummel heads to the sign-on in Deinze

Cyclingnews diarist Kenny van Hummel heads to the sign-on in Deinze (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) gets ready to go

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) gets ready to go (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Last year's third place getter Matthew Goss will carry HTC-Columbia's hopes of back-to-back wins

Last year's third place getter Matthew Goss will carry HTC-Columbia's hopes of back-to-back wins (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Omega Pharma-Lotto's riders were sporting some custom paint jobs for the Classics

Omega Pharma-Lotto's riders were sporting some custom paint jobs for the Classics (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Euskaltel-Euskadi were the first team to arrive on Sunday morning

Euskaltel-Euskadi were the first team to arrive on Sunday morning (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Team Sky executive directeur sportif Scott Sunderland makes sure everything runs smoothly aboard the team bus at the start

Team Sky executive directeur sportif Scott Sunderland makes sure everything runs smoothly aboard the team bus at the start (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Euskaltel's fleet of Orbeas lined up and ready for their pilots

Euskaltel's fleet of Orbeas lined up and ready for their pilots (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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An HTC-Columbia mechanic makes some final adjustments to the riders' Scotts

An HTC-Columbia mechanic makes some final adjustments to the riders' Scotts (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Cyclingnews diarist Kenny van Hummel chats before the start

Cyclingnews diarist Kenny van Hummel chats before the start (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Liquigas' riders stay warm in their bus, perhaps thinking whether their performance can form the mural for next season's bus.

Liquigas' riders stay warm in their bus, perhaps thinking whether their performance can form the mural for next season's bus. (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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George Hincapie's rig sits front and centre outside the BMC bus

George Hincapie's rig sits front and centre outside the BMC bus (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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A list of priorities for Omega Pharma-Lotto?

A list of priorities for Omega Pharma-Lotto? (Image credit: Daniel Benson)
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Peter Wrolich (Milram) on the start line

Peter Wrolich (Milram) on the start line (Image credit: Daniel Benson)

The ProTour peloton decended on Deinze, Belgium on Sunday morning for the start of Gent-Wevelgem. Cyclingnews was on location to capture these images of the scene.

The first Belgian race of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) world calendar, the semi-Classic will see the riders make a 219km journey across Flanders and back into the centre of Wevelgem.

Last year, Edvald Boasson Hagen took victory for Columbia-Highroad, after he and Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas) escaped on the Kemmelberg. Twelve months on the race is a different beast, with 14 climbs added to the twin ascents of the Kemmel.