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Team Sky's Michał Kwiatkowski on the Kopperberg during a recon

Team Sky's Michał Kwiatkowski on the Kopperberg during a recon
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There was some mud on the Kopperberg during the recon

There was some mud on the Kopperberg during the recon
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Heinrich Haussler powers away from the traffic jam on the Kopperberg

Heinrich Haussler powers away from the traffic jam on the Kopperberg
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Geraint Thomas walking his bike up the Kopperberg

Geraint Thomas walking his bike up the Kopperberg
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There were plenty of fans heading out for a ride of the Flanders route

There were plenty of fans heading out for a ride of the Flanders route
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Geraint Thomas is unlikely to have this much room come race ay

Geraint Thomas is unlikely to have this much room come race ay
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The Oude Kwaremont will again be a vital climb in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday

The Oude Kwaremont will again be a vital climb in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday
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Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (L) of BMC Racing Team and Swiss Michael Schar (Front) of BMC Racing Team practice during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of Tour of Flanders

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (L) of BMC Racing Team and Swiss Michael Schar (Front) of BMC Racing Team practice during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of Tour of Flanders
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There is big build up to the 100th Tour of Flanders

There is big build up to the 100th Tour of Flanders
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The Team Sky car tries to avoid reenacting the famous Jesper Skibby incident on the Koppenberg

The Team Sky car tries to avoid reenacting the famous Jesper Skibby incident on the Koppenberg
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Traffic jam on the Koppenberg

Traffic jam on the Koppenberg
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Salvatore Puccio (Sky)

Salvatore Puccio (Sky)
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Lars Boom enjoying a morning stroll on the Koppenberg

Lars Boom enjoying a morning stroll on the Koppenberg
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IAM Cycling mix with the tourists on the Koppenberg

IAM Cycling mix with the tourists on the Koppenberg
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IAM Cycling mix with the tourists on the Koppenberg

IAM Cycling mix with the tourists on the Koppenberg
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Chaos on the Koppenberg as cyclotourists mix with the pros

Chaos on the Koppenberg as cyclotourists mix with the pros
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The Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders

The Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders
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Filippo Pozzato and his Southeast teammates take a stroll up the Koppenberg with the cyclotourists

Filippo Pozzato and his Southeast teammates take a stroll up the Koppenberg with the cyclotourists
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The Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders

The Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders
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The start of the Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders

The start of the Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders
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The Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders

The Koppenberg awaits the Tour of Flanders
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Filippo Pozzato (Southeast)

Filippo Pozzato (Southeast)
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The Southeast team tackles the Koppenberg on foot

The Southeast team tackles the Koppenberg on foot
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Astana on the Koppenberg

Astana on the Koppenberg
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Lars Boom gets some help up the Koppenberg

Lars Boom gets some help up the Koppenberg
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The Telenet-Fidea riders are more familiar with the Koppenberg in winter.

The Telenet-Fidea riders are more familiar with the Koppenberg in winter.
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BMC Racing training ahead of Tour of Flanders

BMC Racing training ahead of Tour of Flanders
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) out with his team training ahead of Tour of Flanders

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) out with his team training ahead of Tour of Flanders
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BMC's Taylor Phinney training ahead of Tour of Flanders

BMC's Taylor Phinney training ahead of Tour of Flanders
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Italian Filippo Pozzato of Southeast-Venezuela (C) practices during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders

Italian Filippo Pozzato of Southeast-Venezuela (C) practices during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders
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Italian Filippo Pozzato of Southeast-Venezuela (2L) practices with teammates during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders

Italian Filippo Pozzato of Southeast-Venezuela (2L) practices with teammates during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders
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Australian Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling practices during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders

Australian Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling practices during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders
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Australian Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling pictured during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of Tour of Flanders

Australian Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling pictured during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of Tour of Flanders
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Costa Rican Andrei Amador of Movistar Team pratices during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders

Costa Rican Andrei Amador of Movistar Team pratices during a track reconnaissance, on April 1, 2016, ahead of the Tour of Flanders

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.

Also out training were IAM Cycling's Heinrich Haussler and  Southeast-Venezuela led by Italian Filippo Pozzato, and Movistar's Audrey Amador.

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.