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Van Avermaet leads BMC's Tour of Flanders recon - Gallery

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Greg Van Avermaet and Jempy Drucker did their recon the day before but joined in for some of the fun on Thursday

Greg Van Avermaet and Jempy Drucker did their recon the day before but joined in for some of the fun on Thursday
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The Kanarieberg

The Kanarieberg
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Stefan Kung is the first to the top

Stefan Kung is the first to the top
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Martin Elmiger and Manuel Quinziato reach the top of the the Kanarieberg

Martin Elmiger and Manuel Quinziato reach the top of the the Kanarieberg
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The big push up the Kwaremont

The big push up the Kwaremont
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Martin Elmiger joined the BMC team over the winter

Martin Elmiger joined the BMC team over the winter
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Manuel Quinziato earned his law degree just a few weeks ago

Manuel Quinziato earned his law degree just a few weeks ago
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Silvan Dillier returns to the Tour of Flanders after missing it in 2016

Silvan Dillier returns to the Tour of Flanders after missing it in 2016
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It is hard to convey the steepness of the Koppenberg with a camera

It is hard to convey the steepness of the Koppenberg with a camera
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Silvan Dillier must have got a bit warm in this with the temperatures hitting over 20 degrees

Silvan Dillier must have got a bit warm in this with the temperatures hitting over 20 degrees
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Stefan Kung pushes on up the Koppenberg

Stefan Kung pushes on up the Koppenberg
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Daniel Oss looks calm and collected, he's done this many times before

Daniel Oss looks calm and collected, he's done this many times before
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Fran Ventoso tries to ride the small smooth section at the side of the cobbles

Fran Ventoso tries to ride the small smooth section at the side of the cobbles
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Riding the cobbles is tiring work

Riding the cobbles is tiring work
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Manuel Quinziato stretches it out

Manuel Quinziato stretches it out
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Daniel Oss with Fan Ventoso

Daniel Oss with Fan Ventoso
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The BMC team powers up the second part of the Haaghoek section of cobbles

The BMC team powers up the second part of the Haaghoek section of cobbles
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Some last-minute bike checks for Martin Elmiger

Some last-minute bike checks for Martin Elmiger
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Daniel Oss ready for the off

Daniel Oss ready for the off
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Stefan Kung waiting at the start point, on the side of the road

Stefan Kung waiting at the start point, on the side of the road
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Manuel Quinziato grabbing something from the car ahead of the ride

Manuel Quinziato grabbing something from the car ahead of the ride
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Manuel Quinziato and Stefan Kung

Manuel Quinziato and Stefan Kung
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The riders set off

The riders set off
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Stefan Kung and Greg Van Avermaet lead the way

Stefan Kung and Greg Van Avermaet lead the way
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The riders make their way up the Wolvenberg, one of the few climbs without cobbles

The riders make their way up the Wolvenberg, one of the few climbs without cobbles
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Jempy Drucker with Silvan Dillier at the front of the bunch

Jempy Drucker with Silvan Dillier at the front of the bunch
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The sun was out in force for the team's recon

The sun was out in force for the team's recon
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The riders cross the 1.5km Holleweg

The riders cross the 1.5km Holleweg
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Stefan Kung

Stefan Kung
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Daniel Oss with Jempy Drucker making their way over the Holleweg cobbles

Daniel Oss with Jempy Drucker making their way over the Holleweg cobbles
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Greg Van Avermaet completes one of his final sections for the day

Greg Van Avermaet completes one of his final sections for the day
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Fran Ventoso checks his handlebars after the ride

Fran Ventoso checks his handlebars after the ride
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The days until the 2017 Tour of Flanders can be counted on one hand and the final tweaks are being made in preparation for the second Monument of the season. In distinctly un-spring-like weather, BMC Racing set out to do their final recon of the new route, which will take the riders from Antwerp to Oudenaarde and over 18 climbs.

This would not be a full-blown run through the 260km course, but a look at the some of the most pertinent of moments in the finale. Having driven out towards Oudenaarde from their hotel near Ghent, the riders set off from roadside near the finish of the race.

They were joined, at times, by fans and at one moment rode with their rivals for Sunday Trek-Segafredo as they headed over the Oude Kwaremont, Eikenberg, Koppenberg, Paterberg, Kwaremont and more.

Team leader, Greg Van Avermaet and sprinter Jempy Drucker had already done their own recon on Wednesday and only joined their teammates for the opening section before heading back to the hotel to rest up ahead of the race on Sunday. The remaining six riders carried on to complete a four-hour ride before returning back to base.

Flick through the photos above to see BMC on their recon of the Tour of Flanders route.