Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) took an imperious solo victory at the Tour of Flanders, blowing the opposition away with several well-timed attacks.

Double Flanders winner Tom Boonen (Quick Step) was the only man who could follow Cancellara’s decisive attack on the Molenberg climb, but simply didn’t have the motor to continue at the time trial world champion’s pace on the ascent of Kapelmuur.

Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) came home third, with Britain’s Roger Hammond (Cervelo) putting in a strong ride for seventh.

Cycling photographer Graham Watson was there tracking the action, and we present a selection of his best shots from the day as it unfurled.

Fans, Tour of Flanders 2010

Fans turned out in their thousands to enjoy the racing

Crash, Tour of Flanders 2010

A few crashes punctuated the day’s racing, thankfully none were serious – the dry weather helped

Bernhard Eisel escape, Tour of Flanders 2010

Early escape headed by Bernhard Eisel

Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen, Tour of Flanders 2010

Boonen was the only man to follow Cancellara’s attack on the Molenberg, but even he got dropped

David Millar, Tour of Flanders 2010

Britain’s David Millar was one of a group of three chasers, with Gilbert and Leukemans, who pursued Cancellara and Boonen. The De Panne winner later fell back to the large chase group

George Hincapie, Tour of Flanders 2010

George Hincapie was right in the action, coming home in sixth

Lance Armstrong, Tour of Flanders 2010

Armstrong put in a strong ride to finish in the same time as Hincapie and Millar

Mur de Grammont, Tour of Flanders 2010

Legendary Muur at Geraardsbergen

Tom Boonen on Grammont, Tour of Flanders 2010

Grit: Boonen on the Muur

Fabian Cancellara solo, Tour of Flanders 2010

With time trial motor at full rev, no one was going to catch Cancellara by the time he hit Meerbeke

Fabian Cancellara wins, Tour of Flanders 2010

An emotional third monument victory for Fabian Cancellara

Boonen, Cancellara, Gilbert, Tour of Flanders 2010

Three great riders who did three great rides in Flanders (l-r): Tom Boonen (second), Fabian Cancellara (winner) and Philippe Gilbert (third)

Related links

Spring Classics 2010: CW’s coverage index