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0km - Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank), George Hincapie (BMC), Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil), Staf Scheirlinckx (Veranda's Willems), Philippe Gilbert (Omega) and Geraint Thomas (Sky) round off the top ten, in that order.
0km - 1. Nuyens (Saxo Bank), 2 Chavanel (Quick Step), 3 Cancellara (Trek-Leopard), 4 Boonen (Quick Step).
0km - NICK NUYENS MOVES PAST CANCELLARA...CHAVANEL IS RIGHT ON HIS WHEEL...NICK NUYENS WINS THE TOUR OF FLANDERS!!!!
1km - They come into the final bend! Boonen has shed Flecha, CANCELLARA GOES FOR HOME!!!
1km - Flecha buries himself in behind with Boonen sitting on his wheel trying to get across!!!
2km - Cancellara continues to work hard alongside Nuyens. Chavanel's content to sit on the back, quite correctly, as Boonen is just behind.
3km - Cancellara's group have all sat up now, and the rest have a chance to come abck to them. Cancellara puts the power down again though. He knows he wno't prevail in a big sprint against the likes of Gilbert and Boonen.
4km - Langeveld attacks, and Flecha responds, before Ballan charges off up the road after him. Langeveld is caught, and Cancellara puts the hammer down with 4km to go! Chavanel is right on his wheel though.
5km - Three times here have two riders - Sky, Quickstep and BMC. Can they use that to their advantage?
6km - So, who's going to win it? Post your thoughts below! Personally, I think Boonen has the speed and experience to do it.
7km - So, is Tom Boonen with his talent as a sprinter the favourite? Ballan launches a big attack and puts in a big dig, Gilbert responds, as does Langeveld now.
8km - Gilbert is now caught, though manages to latch on to the back of the group. meanwhile, there's a second group coming across including, Flecha, Thomas, Nuyens, Hincapie, Boonen, Langeveld, Scheirlinkx.
9km - Staf Scheilinckx is the Veranda's Willems rider in the chasing group alongside Chavanel, Cancellara, Leukemans and Ballan. They are 7 seconds behind Gilbert.
10km - 14 seconds is Gilbert's lead now. Cancellara is fighting to make back ground. Chavanel and Leukemans are just behind Ballan, and Cancellara has made back the lost ground!
11km - Will Gilbert pay for that big effort now? He has Ballan chasing hard. I can't see Boonen at the moment.
12km - Cancellara is gone!!!! He's spent!!! Leukemans and Ballan have left him, as has Boonen!!
12km - Thomas hits the front of the chasing group now working for Juan Antonio Flecha. This is super riding from Thomas. They hit the Bosberg nw as Gilbert pushes as hard as he can!! Leukemans is on his wheel, but slipping, Cancellara is suffering, and Gilbert is beginning to move clear!!!
13km - Geraint Thomas and George Hincapie are fighting to get onto the back of the Pozzato group.
14km - One more hill to go - the Bosberg! Cancellara has one last chance to get rid of Boonen, as he certainly won't want to take the big Belgian all the way to the line! This is absolutely thrilling stuff!
14km - Boonen has clung on as they hit the top of the Muur! Ballan, Gilbert, Leukemans, Cancellara, Chavanel and boonen have formed a 5-man lead group!
15km - Cancellara digs again!!! He goes hard, but this time Boonen's on his wheel!!! Gilbert, Pozzato and Flecha are just in behind!!
15km - Cancellara and Chavanel are caught!!!
15km - The peloton are closing!!! Lars Boom and Nuyens are leading the charge! Cancellara looks like he's beginning to tire!!! Down to 20 seconds!
16km - Cancellara and Chavanel approach the Muur von Geraardsburgen with a 42 second advantage!
20km - 54 seconds is the advantage with 20 kilometres to go. This is looking more and more like a two-way race between Chavanel and Cancellara now.
22km - The gap is going out once again. Up to 1'01, and it's looking like two in a row for Cancellara. Chavanel, meanwhile, is sitting nice and confortably on the wheel of the Swiss, munching an energy bar.
23km - An interesting discussion takes place between the team cars Quickstep and Trek-Leopard. Trek wanted Chavanel to do some of the work on the front with Cancellara, but Wilfried Peeters response was a flat "No way! He's too strong."
24km - The peloton are gradually beginning to eat into Cancellara's advantage! It's dropped by 10 seconds from 61 to 51 seconds as Stijn Devolder launches a mini-dig and then joins in with the BMC team's efforts.
25km - Jonathan Vaughters has just come on the team radio to order Tyler to stop riding and conserve his energy, whether it be for a sprint for first or third.
28km - The BMC squad have now assembled en masse at the head of the pack, but Cancellara and Chavanel now have a full minute on the peloton!! That's seven(!) BMC team members in full TTT mode!
31km - Cancellara's lead continues to grow. It's now at 46 seconds, and it's looking very, very good for the Swiss maestro. Chavanel's doing a pretty good job of sitting on his wheel.
32km - Cancellara reaches Chavanel, and the Frenchman jumps onto Cancellara's wheel. Meanwhile, Boonen's group has been caught by an evidently hard-chasing peloton.
33km - Boonen is doing everything he can to get his group to work together and chase down Cancellara, who will soon catch Chavanel. Boonen's group is about 30 seconds behind as the Swiss reaches the top of the Valkenberg.
38km - Pozzato, Boom, Cancellara and Leukemans are all in a group chasing Cancellara. They absolutely MUST work together, or this race is over. Boassen Hagen is in this group too, but he's missing his turns, and is really suffering.
41km - Cancellara now attacks hard! Boonen fights to stay with him...but Boonen loses Cancellara's wheel!!! Boonen latches onto the Lars Boom group as Cancellara goes straight past them!!!! Is this the decisive moment of this year's Tour of Flanders?
43km - There's the big move!!!! Boonen attacks and goes ahrd, and Cancellara jumps straight onto his wheel, and they sweep past the riders that Chavanel dropped earlier.
45km - Chavanel has left the rest of that breakaway for dead! He's out front on his own now, and has given himself a chance. He's now going to put his head down and go all out for home. It's a long way, at 46 kilometres, but the peloton know they can't mess aound too much now. It also means Quickstep have no need to push the pace along. 53 seconds is the gap from Chavanel back to the bunch.
50km - Chavanel attacks from the breakaway now and goes surging clear on the Molenberg! Flecha then ups the tempo at the head of the peloton, with Boonen and Cancellara on his wheel. They sweep past Guesdon. 30 seconds out to the leaders now, as the cat and mouse games begin in the peloton.
55km - Mortensen does a long stint and absolutely buries himself at the head of the peloton to try and bring this breakaway back, bu he then rund wide on a tight left-hand bend and brings everyone else with him, which gives the lead quartet back a few valuable seconds. Now Frederic Guesdon launches a big dig off the front, though can't gain more than 6 or 7 seconds on them, before Van Avermaet, Leezer, and Hayman jump off the front to join him.
60km - Boom goes on the attack again, and rides up to the wheel of Edvald Boassen Hagen, who is yo-yo-ing in between the lead group and the peloton. Chavanel looks by far the most comfortable of this lead group over the cobbles. The three others are all over the place.
65km - The grimace on the faces of two-time winner Boonen and world champion Thor Hushovd tells you just how high the pace is, and that the vast majority of these riders are approaching their absolute limit. Now Lars Boom tries a big dig on the front of the peloton, but can't get clear, and eventually he sits up again. Chavanel and Clarke now have an advantage of 22 seconds.
70km - Chavanel and Clarke now hit the Steenwettdries with 19" lead over the chasing pack, from which Boonen has gained a few metres along with three other riders, one of whom looks very much like Lars Boom, though I can't be sure it's him. The other favourites turn immediately to Cancellara, who doesn't panic, and eventually the main group reel them back in.
75km - The peloton has been split in two on the Paterberg! The big names (Cancellara, Pozzato, Boonen and Gilbert, Boom, Ballan) are all in the first group of around 20 or so riders. Meanwhile, Chavanel (Quickstep) and Simon Clarke (Astana) have caught and passed the breakaway on the Koppenberg!
80km - Our leaders crest the Paterberg, a real nasty climb which ramps up to a massive 24% at times!!! Philippe Gilbert and Tom Boonen are at the head of the peloton now, along with Tyler Farrar! The gap is down to just 10 seconds now, and the breakaway will soon be caught.
85km - Hunt and Van Dijk have now been dropped ont he Oude Kwaremont. Turgot, Docker and Hammond are now out front on their own as Sylvain Chavanel goes on the attack from the peloton!!
90km - The pace on the Kruisberg sees a few riders drop off the back of the pack. Posthuma and Delage aer both dropped. Meanwhile, Sep Vanmarcke and John Degenkolb are also left behind, but these two just have punctures. The gap out to the leaders is now 2'00". It had dropped to 1'30", but the narrow roads have slowed the chasing pack, as Dan Lloyd takes a fall on the very front.
95km - FILLIPO POZZATO: Sixth here in 2008 and fifth in 2009, Pozzato must be considered one of the foremost contenders for victory here, even if he hasn't looked quite the same rider over the past season and a half with Katusha. After victories at Tirreno-Adriatico, a Tour de France stage and a win at Milan San-Remo early on in his career , the Italian has flattered to deceive a little, and has even been accused of negative tactics at times, though discount him at your peril.
100km - Marcus Burghardt and Davide Malacarne both get caught out by the pavement and hit the deck hard! Burghardt is back on his bike quickle, but Malacarne looks like his race may well be over. He seems in a fair bit of pain.
105km - THOR HUSHOVD: Yet another member of the Garmin-Cervelo team capable of winning here. The reigning world champion has two podium finishes at Paris-Roubaix to his name, and is one of the few sprinters who doesn't mind the hills. Much will depend on how Garmin's plethora of stars work together, as if Cancellara goes clear, all eyes will be on them to lead the chase.
110km - The 20 counter-attackers have now ben caught, and the pace then drops slightly in the peloton, though it's still been a pretty high-paced race right since the start.
115km - Cancellara's Trek-Leopard team move to the front of the peloton now to take up the chase on the pursuers. The lead quintet are now just 3'00" ahead.
120km - Those 20 chasers are: Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo), Steegmans (Quickstep), Boasson Hagen (Sky), Bernhard Eisel (HTC), Gusev (Katusha), Kroon (BMC), Tjallingii (Rabobank), Selvaggi and Borut Bozic (both Vacansoleil), Lodewijck, Greipel (both Omega-Pharma Lotto), Mirco Lorenzetto (Astana), Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen), Mathieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano), Luca Paolini (Katusha), Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r), Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) and Matthew Wilson (Garmin-Cervelo).
125km - Hunt, Hammond, Turgot, Van Dijk and Docker are now on the Rekelberg, and the activity behind has seen their lead cut to just five minutes.
130km - Mark Cavendish of all people has now moved to the front of the peloton to try to close the gap, which is now at around 100 metres. The pace is still pretty high, as it has been for much of this race.
135km - Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) goes on the attack from the peloton, and immediately the tension rises. Steegmans (RadioShack) looks to go with him! Now more riders, maybe 15 or so, look to join, including Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil), Karsten Kroon (BMC), and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky).
140km - Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen) crashes in the peloton, and takes down Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Liquigas) and Michal Kwiatkowski (RadioShack) with him. All three are able to resume though.
145km - HEINRICH HAUSSLER: He used to be German, he's now Australian, but either way, he's a big talent. Haussler famously came within a hair's breadth of winning Milan-San Remo back two years ago, and has developed well since then. He was second behind Devolder in this race in 2009 too, and has shown good early season form by winning the points classification at Paris Nice, finishing second in the Tour of Qatar, and seventh at the E3 Prijs last weekend.
150km - ALESSANDRO BALLAN: The curse of the world champion's jersey certainly hit the amiable Italian after his wonderful win in Varese back in 2008. Two years of injuries and poor form followed, but his early season form this year suggests he is ready to challenge for honours once again. "I was second on the Strade Bianche and fourth in San Remo. I'm back," he warned. He knows what it takes to win here, as he did just that back in 2007, and will have the support of a strong BMC squad.
155km - The lead quintet hit the feed zone with 8'00" advantage. The crowd are already several rows deep here, so goodness knows what it will be like on the Bosberg!
160km - STIJN DEVOLDER: "I don't have the talent of a Tom Boonen or Philippe Gilbert. I'm a hard-working man who's found the means to make up his own small palmarès," was the Vacansoleil man's very modest assessment of his own career. While his role as a secret weapon in the Quickstep team behind Boonen certainly helped him in his two wins here in 2008 and 2009, he remains a danger, though he will have to outwit the field again if he's to make it a hat-trick of wins, as he's unlikely to outpower them.
165km - The five leaders crossed the top of the Nokereberg, the second of the 18 hills, with 6'00" advantage over the bunch. This will no doubt extend further, as the pack are due to enter the feeding zone in about half an hour.
170km - PHILIPPE GILBERT: In any discussion of the best one-day riders in the world, Gilbert's name must be given due consideration. He has wins in the Tour of Lombardy, Amstel Gold and Paris-Tours to his name, and certainly has the ability to win the Tour of Flanders. The many hills make this a more attractive race to him than Paris-Roubaix, and at 28, the Lotto man is just coming into his prime. A real danger.
175km - Our five leaders have stretched their advantage to 3'16". Brits Hunt and Hammond of course were on the same team up until the end of last season, when the former signed for Team Sky.
180km - TOM BOONEN: Despite putting in a highly impressive performance, Belgium's golden boy was made to look like a hobby cyclist by Cancellara on the Kapelmuur last year, though he's still the man best equipped to take on "Spartacus". His win at Gent-Wevelgem was a welcome confidence-booster, and if it comes down to a small group sprint, there will be nobody quicker. Whether he can hang onto Cancellara's rear wheel over the final few hills again is likely to prove the decisive factor in the race.
185km - Now that the race is beginning to settle down, let's have a closer look at the favourites here today, beginning with the man they all fear: FABIAN CANCELLARA. He's the defending champion, he's strong as an oxe, and his performance in winning the E3 Prijs at Harelbeke prompted Stijn Devolder to say: "His performance was the strongest I have ever seen in my career. I was left speechless. All the riders in the front group couldn't believe what they saw. It took me another day to recover from that."
190km - Patrickfigueiredo is right on the money with the trivia question. Leif Hoste is indeed the only man (other than Boonen, of course) with three podium finished to his name, the most recent of which came back in 2007.
195km - A mass "bathroom break" in the peloton is the sure sign the the lead quintet will indeed be granted the freedom to go clear, and their lead quickly grows out to 1'30".
200km - The five out front aren't working as well together as they could to stay clear, though they've still managed to increase their lead to 45 seconds over the peloton, who seem content to let them go.
205km - Finally it looks like we have a break that might well stick - and there are two Brits in there!!! Roger Hammond (Garmin-Cervelo), Jeremy Hunt (Sky), Stefan van Dijck (Veranda's Willems), Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano) and Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) are the men out front, and they have half a minute on the pack.
210km - Okay, first trivia question of the day. Tom Boonen has been on the podium three times, (two wins and a second-place last year), but one other man in this field also has three podium finishes to his name. Who is he?
215km - Another four riders, including the persistant Steven Caethoven, try their luck once again, but to no avail. The pace in the peloton is still extremely high, at 50km/h.
220km - Skil-Shimano's Dominique Cornu now tries his luck, but can't stay clear. Hardly surprising, as the first 25km were covered at an average speed of 50km/h.
225km - Koen Barbé, Steven Caethoven and Roger Kluge have opened up a small gap on the peloton. Jaroslaw Marycz and Jesus Herrada then bridge the gap, before the speed of the peloton ensures the quintet are quickly caught again.
230km - Belgium have absolutely dominated this race throughout its 94 editions. They have a massive 61 wins, with Italian riders claiming ten victories, Dutch riders claiming nine wins, followed by France with three.
235km - Stijn Devolder's successive wins here in 2008 and 2009 came as the Quickstep team used their strength in numbers to outwit Pippo Pozzato and other favourites, who spent their time marking Tom Boonen. Today, Devolder takes to the start in the colours of the Vacansoleil team for the first time. He fell at the Three Days of De Panne, but insists that will not affect him. "My preparation [for Flanders] was already finished. I'm ready to race," he said.
240km - This is one race where HTC's Mark Cavendish knows he has pretty much no chance of winning, but he's still looking on the bright side. "It is in this sort of event that I can repay all the work they did for me in the past," he said on the start line.
245km - Rather surprisingly, no rider has won this race more than three times, though there are four riders who have a hattrick of wins, namely Achiel Buysse, Fiorenzo Magni, Eric Leman and Johan Museeuw. Two men in today's field have two wins (Tom Boonen and Stijn Devolder), while Alessandro Ballan and Fabian Cancellara have one win apiece.
250km - One of the local fans is displaying a banner saying "Please have mercy, Fabian!" The Swiss powerhouse has been touted by all and sundry as the man to beat here, to such an extent that some observers were contemplating the possibility of the peloton clubbing together to work against him. Boonen, paid short shrift to such speculation, though, saying: "Everyone's speaking about that, but it's something that just doesn't happen in the big one-day classics. Everyone rides his own race."
255km - No sooner has the race begun than a Skil-Shimano rider tries to go on the attack, but the peloton are moving along pretty briskly, and he can't get clear.
256km - The start was given at 8:45 this morning, with the mayor of Oostkamp firing the starter's pistol.
- - Both come into the race in good form with Cancellara triumphing in the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen last Saturday while Boonen secured a sprint victory at Gent-Wevelgem exactly one week ago
- - Fabian Cancellara is the defending champion, having powered away from Tom Boonen on the Kapelmuur in last year's race. Local fans will be hoping Belgian Boonen can go one better this year and get revenge on his Swiss rival.
- - Today's race is a 256km trek through some of the toughest terrain Belgium has to offer, with the riders battling the cobbles and the elements. It looks set to be a little chilly today, with current temperatures sitting around the 9 degree mark with light rain expected sporadically throughout the day.
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