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On the startline in Rotterdam

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Geraint Thomas in the British national champs jersey

Geraint Thomas in the British national champs jersey
(Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Bob Stapleton talks to the media

Bob Stapleton talks to the media
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The startline in Rotterdam

The startline in Rotterdam
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Anthony Geslin (FDJ) check his bike before the start

Anthony Geslin (FDJ) check his bike before the start
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A half-dressed Mark Renshaw chats at the start

A half-dressed Mark Renshaw chats at the start
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Daniel Oss (Liquigas) will aim to keep Ivan Basso out of trouble

Daniel Oss (Liquigas) will aim to keep Ivan Basso out of trouble
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David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) in green having finished third in the prologue

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) in green having finished third in the prologue
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George Hincapie (BMC)

George Hincapie (BMC)
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FDJ riders gather at the start

FDJ riders gather at the start
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A Cycling Plus fan travelled hundreds of miles to meet the Cyclingnews crew

A Cycling Plus fan travelled hundreds of miles to meet the Cyclingnews crew
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Mark Cavendish heads to sign in

Mark Cavendish heads to sign in
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Cadel Evans chats with Cyclingnews before the start

Cadel Evans chats with Cyclingnews before the start
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Tom Boonen visited the race

Tom Boonen visited the race
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After yesterday’s downpour, bright skies and sunshine greeted the peloton on the startline in Rotterdam on Sunday. The peloton were already missing two riders – Mathias Frank (BMC) and Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) were unable to start due to injuries they’d suffered in yesterday’s prologue – but for the rest of the field 223.5km of racing from Rotterdam to Brussels lay ahead.

Geraint Thomas sported his British road national jersey for the first time and told Cyclingnews that a retro approach involving black shorts was the way forward. Sky will be looking to set up Edvald Boasson Hagen in the expected sprint finish.

However Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) and Mark Cavendish will lined up as the favourites for the win. Farrar finished a superb seventh in yesterday’s prologue, while Cavendish won six stages last year and is eager to prove he still has the speed in his legs.