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Riders recon the Tour of Flanders cobbles – Gallery

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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma Timo Roosen NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck Germany Team JumboVisma photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Wout van Aert heads up the Koppenberg with Jumbo-Visma teammates on Friday (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Wout van Aert tests out a new way of descending after the UCI's rule change on April 1 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma Timo Roosen NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck Germany Team JumboVisma photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Sun out for Jumbo-Visma on cobbled climb (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma Timo Roosen NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck Germany Team JumboVisma photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Wout van Aert out on the Tour of Flanders course with his Jumbo-Visma teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Spectators watch Wout van Aert during his recon of the Tour of Flanders route (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Scenery Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma Timo Roosen NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck NED Jumbo Visma Nathan Van Hooydonck Germany Team JumboVisma photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Jumbo-Visma team on preview of 2021 Tour of Flanders course Friday (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Qhubeka Assos hit the road on Friday, too (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Victor Campenaerts leads the way on home roads for Qhubeka Assos (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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German John Degenkolb of Lotto Soudal pictured during a training session on the track of the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race Friday 02 April 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on Easter Sunday 04 AprilBELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

John Degenkolb leads Lotto Soudal on the cobbles (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 John Degenkolb GER Lotto Soudal photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Lotto Soudal's John Degenkolb got in some speed work during his ride (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Recon at the parcours 01042021 Peter Sagan SVK Bora Hansgrohe Juraj Sagan SVK Bora Hansgrohe photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Peter and Juraj Sagan with their Bora-Hansgrohe teammates on the recon ride (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe team on recon for Sunday's De Ronde (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Edward Theuns of Trek-Segafredo gets a ride in (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Flanders 2021 Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2021 Women Recon at the parcours 01042021 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig DEN FDJ Nouvelle Aquitane Futuroscope photo Jan De MeuleneirPNBettiniPhoto2021

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitane Futuroscope on one of five cobbled sectors the women will tackle (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Belgian Greg Van Avermaet of AG2R Citroen Team pictured in action during a training session on the track of the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race Friday 02 April 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on Easter Sunday 04 April BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Van Avermaet testing himself ahead of Sunday's race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Belgian Greg Van Avermaet of AG2R Citroen Team pictured during a training session on the track of the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race Friday 02 April 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on Easter Sunday 04 AprilBELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Greg Van Avermaet tackles a cobbled climb during his recon ride (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Lisa Klein on front of climb with her Canyon-SRAM teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Canyon-SRAM team ride their recon of women's 152km Women's Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Danish Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck QuickStep French Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck QuickStep and French Florian Senechal of Deceuninck QuickStep pictured during a training session on the track of the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race Friday 02 April 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on Easter Sunday 04 AprilBELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

World champion Julian Alaphilippe recons the course with Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates Kasper Asgreen and Florian Senechal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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fromL Team Deceuninck QuickStep French riders Julian Alaphilippe Florian Senechal and Italian rider Davide Ballerini take part in a training session on the track of the Tour of Flanders Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race on April 2 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on April 4 2021 Belgium OUT Photo by DIRK WAEM Belga AFP Belgium OUT Photo by DIRK WAEMBelgaAFP via Getty Images

Deceuninck-QuickStep recon the course (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Swiss Stefan Kung of GroupamaFDJ pictured in action during a training session on the track of the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race Friday 02 April 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on Easter Sunday 04 April BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Swiss champion Stefan Kung of Groupama-FDJ rides his recon (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Riders from Movistar Women and Bahrain Victorious focus on cobbles during team recons (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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EF Education-Nippo under the Belgian sun (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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EF Education-Nippo brings 2019 Flanders rider Alberto Bettiol and hopes for good result Sunday (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bahrain Victorious in full force for Friday training (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A typical day in the Belgian countryside (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bahrain Victorious on recon ride for Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

This Sunday, all eyes are on the biggest race in Belgium for the finale of the spring cobbled Classics with the Tour of Flanders and Tour of Flanders Women

As a group of major, one-day races for the men, it began in late February with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, starting up again in late March with the Classic Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem, among others. Flanders concludes this block of Classics, with Paris-Roubaix moved to early October due to the COVID-19 situation in France.

On Friday afternoon, teams took to the roads – cobbled and paved – to check out sections of this year's parcours. For the men it will be a mammoth 263.7 kilometres, with 20 climbs including the fearsome Koppenberg and the closing Oude Kwaremont-Paterberg circuit.

Last year's runner-up Wout van Aert will be back to try to take the title. Along with his Jumbo-Visma team, other big names were seen out on the course, including past winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), 2019 winner Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Nippo) and Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos).

The women's Tour de Flanders is the biggest one-day race on the Women's WorldTour. The 2021 route will cover 152 kilometres with 13 climbs and five cobblestone sections, with the final two climbs over the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, before the 13km run-in to Oudenaarde.

"I'll risk everything because either you take a risk and win big, or lose big," said Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), who was out training Friday, about the race.

Among the Women's WorldTour teams taking advantage of sunshine on Friday in Belgium were Canyon-SRAM, with Lisa Klein seen riding on the climbs and cobbles with teammates, and Movistar Women.

“The race has everything, and even without the crowds it’s still one of the most iconic and prestigious races we have on the calendar,” said Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) about Tour of Flanders after the pre-ride.

Cyclingnews will provide full reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the races on Sunday. Find out how to watch both races, wherever you are, with our handy guide.