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Gallery: Highlights from a dramatic Tour of Flanders

Some of the best photos from a memorable edition of the Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert's win at the 2017 Tour of Flanders will be talked about for years to come after he went solo with a huge 55km still to race.

Pushing on over the famous cobbled climbs that make up the course, he extended his lead enough to be able to dismount his bike and hold it in the air as he walked over the finish line.

This collection of photos from Presse Sports/Offside gives a glimpse of what was a gruelling to ride but brilliant to watch day in Flanders.

Pre-race favourite Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was all smiles and showmanship at the pre-race sign-on. Pulling a wheelie along the ramp he was clearly relaxed.

His race didn't work out as he planned when he was taken down in dramatic fashion on the Oude Kwaremont.

This was perhaps the last time Gilbert looked back between attacking and winning some time later.

Here, about halway up the Oude Kwaremont and with the hardest part behind him, the Quick-Step Floors rider got a gap and never surrendered his advantage.

Tom Boonen, in his last Tour of Flanders, was looking strong and comfortable in the second group on the road (his teammate Gilbert formed the one-man first group), but an ill-timed mechanical saw his chances of a result fizzle out in a instant.

He'll ride his final professional race this weekend at Paris-Roubaix, where he is looking for a record fifth win.

Gilbert's lead increased on the climbs, which his previous palmares in the Ardennes would have predicted, so it'll be interesting to see if he's picked for the flat parcours of Paris-Roubaix and how he fares if he is.

Greg Van Avermaet pushed on in the chase group and was rewarded with second place.