2010 tour of belgium cyclocross contenders 225x300   2010 Tour of Belgium Cyclocross ContendersThe 80th edition of the Tour of Belgium started three days ago. It is a five day stage race which started in 1908. It has drawn great names of cyclocross riders from Europe. The 2008 World Cyclocross Champion Lars Boom took the leader’s jersey in last year’s races.

Today, the bikers will race through the 192km stretch to Mechelen and tomorrow for the 16.7km time trial. In Herstal, a hilly arena of 173km is the site of the final stage. The riders have completed two stages, one around 156km at Eeklo and a 162km cruise into Knokke-Heist.

At the starting line, the field was packed with tough cyclocross riders. Sven Nys is present with rival Sven Vanthourenhout. The Telenet-Fidea team includes Bart Wellens and Kevin Pauwels. Bronze medalist at Belgium’s Elite National Cyclocross Championships Tom Meeusen is also geared up to race with Rob Peeters.

Danny De Bie, team leader for Telenet-Fidea, shares…

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