We were pretty lucky so far, though the mud is unbelievably deep and sticky, the weather is warm and it is not raining. But everybody is prepared.
Some people actually enjoyed the mud.
Sven Nys tackles one of the tricky ascents.
Erwin Vervecken on the same climb. Not many riders were able to pedal all the way through the top.
Zdenek Stybar goes through a tricky, off-camber corner with ease.