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Video: 10 riders to watch at Tour of Flanders

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Stybar, Thomas and Trentin on the podium.

Stybar, Thomas and Trentin on the podium.
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Geraint Thomas celebrates his E3 win.

Geraint Thomas celebrates his E3 win.
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Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNl-Jumbo)
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Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep).

Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep).
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).
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Thomas, Stybar and Sagan played their hands in the finale.

Thomas, Stybar and Sagan played their hands in the finale.
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins the opening stage in De Panne

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins the opening stage in De Panne
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John Degenkolb wins the 2015 Milan-San Remo.

John Degenkolb wins the 2015 Milan-San Remo.
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Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) sprints to second place

Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) sprints to second place
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Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal)

Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal)
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Luca Paolini (Katusha) attacks as Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) look at each other

Luca Paolini (Katusha) attacks as Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) look at each other
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the attack

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the attack
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BMC teammates Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet at the 2014 awards ceremony

BMC teammates Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet at the 2014 awards ceremony
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Only one former winner in Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) will line up at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday with three-time winners Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek) both missing due to injury. Their absences create the opportunity for a new batch of riders to stand on the top step of De Ronde and possibly begin a long reign on the cobbles.

Last year's runner-up Greg Van Avermaet will line up still feeling the effects of his injury from E3 Harelbeke while last year's third place, Sep Vanmarcke, has had a good start to his classics campaign but is yet to claim a win.

Peter Sagan has also finished on the podium before and can't be discounted although Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) has continued to press his claim for favourite status with six wins already this season. Since his Milan-San Remo win last year, the Norwegian has a well-drilled Katusha team, while Geraint Thomas is in the form of his life and will be a rider to watch after his E3 Harelbeke. To see who else we've tipped for the Tour of Flanders, check out the video below.

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