Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the usual build-up to “Vlaanderens mooiste” (“Flanders’ best”) including E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem last weekend to name just a couple. But on Sunday it’s time for the real deal: a 259km race from Brugge to Oudenaarde with 16 cobbled sectors — a number of which include steep climbs. The last two climbs, the Oude Kwaremont and the Paterberg, will almost certainly decide the race.

The weather forecast suggests the riders might be in for some afternoon showers on Sunday, but what effect that will have on the race remains to be seen.

Fabian Cancellara goes into the race as the defending champion and the big favourite, while Peter Sagan will be keen to go one better than the second place he managed last year. And Tom Boonen appears to be in better form than he was in 2013 and despite a recent family tragedy, the three-time winner certainly shouldn’t be written off. Click here for a full preview of the race.

If you’re in Australia and you’re keen to watch the race — and you should be! — tune in to Eurosport (Foxtel channel 511) from 8.30pm or to SBS from midnight on Sunday. Until then, we hope you enjoy these stunning photos from past editions of the race.

This is an updated and refreshed version of a post we first published in 2013.