Two days away from the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders and teams have been spotted training on parts of the course Friday. Sunday's 250km race will begin in Brugge, with an official start in Loppem, before heading south to the finish in Oudenaarde.
The route will take the peloton over 18 categorized climbs beginning at the 103km mark with the Oude Kwaremont, and then finishing with the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, which is the steepest climb at 12.5%, at kilometres 238 and 242, respectively. In between, riders will face the Koppenberg, which boast an 11% grade.
Out pre-riding parts of the course on Friday morning were the BMC Racing team. Flandrien Greg Van Avermaet, one of the race favourites, was all smiles on the sunny morning spin as he rode alongside American Taylor Phinney, who got a surprise start for the Tour of Flanders after riding well at Gent-Wevelgem.
Riders from teams Astana, IAM Cycling and Team Sky took to the Oude Kwaremont and the Koppenberg, many of them walking up the steep ascent likely saving their legs for the big day on Sunday.