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Startline Gallery: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
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Defending champion Sebastiaan Langeveld

Defending champion Sebastiaan Langeveld
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Manuel Quinziato (BMC)

Manuel Quinziato (BMC)
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega-Pharma-QuickStep)

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega-Pharma-QuickStep)
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Former world champion Thor Hushovd (BMC)

Former world champion Thor Hushovd (BMC)
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Home talent Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda)

Home talent Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Matti Breschel (Rabobank)

Matti Breschel (Rabobank)
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Matti Breschel (Rabobank)

Matti Breschel (Rabobank)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) before the race

Taylor Phinney (BMC) before the race
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Tomas Vaitkus (GreedEdge)

Tomas Vaitkus (GreedEdge)
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Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia)

Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia)
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Matt Wilson and David Millar catch up at the start

Matt Wilson and David Millar catch up at the start
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The bunch begins to gather on the startline

The bunch begins to gather on the startline
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Zachary Bell straight from the Track World Cup

Zachary Bell straight from the Track World Cup
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American Taylor Phinney (BMC)

American Taylor Phinney (BMC)
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2010 winner Juan Antonio Flecha

2010 winner Juan Antonio Flecha
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The start line in Gent

The start line in Gent
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Van Summeren (Garmin-Barracuda)

Van Summeren (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Bernhard Eisel (Sky)

Bernhard Eisel (Sky)
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2010 winner Juan Antonio Flecha

2010 winner Juan Antonio Flecha
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Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda team have hearts on their jerseys

Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda team have hearts on their jerseys
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
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Bert De Backer (Project 1t4i)

Bert De Backer (Project 1t4i)
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Bert De Backer (Project 1t4i)

Bert De Backer (Project 1t4i)
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The Europcar team on the podium

The Europcar team on the podium
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Sky's Pinarellos

Sky's Pinarellos
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Project 1t4i will be riding Felts

Project 1t4i will be riding Felts
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Rabobank are on Giant again this year

Rabobank are on Giant again this year
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Team Type 1 have a busy European schedule ahead of them

Team Type 1 have a busy European schedule ahead of them
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John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i)

John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i)
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Dominic Klemme in his new team kit

Dominic Klemme in his new team kit
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Leif Hoste (Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda)

Leif Hoste (Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda)
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Vansummeren's feet

Vansummeren's feet
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Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda)

Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda)

Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Johan Vansummeren's Cervelo

Johan Vansummeren's Cervelo
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Rabobank's Lars Boom

Rabobank's Lars Boom
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Carlos Barredo (Rabobank)

Carlos Barredo (Rabobank)
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Vegard Stake Laengen's Colnago

Vegard Stake Laengen's Colnago
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We’ve had the Tours of Oman and Qatar but for many of the real traditionalists the road season really begins this weekend with the double header of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

Omloop is the first race on the menu, starting in the picturesque setting of Gent, Belgium. In the last few years the race has begun in typically Belgian spring weather of rain, cold and gusty winds..

However Saturday’s race set off under clear blue skies, warm temperatures and huge degree of anticipation.