In 2012 the Ronde arrived in Oudenaarde for the first time. On the new track in the heart of the “Flemish Ardennes” Tom Boonen won his third that year and had many fantastic winners the years after. With Peter Sagan celebrating victory over Fabian Cancellara in last year’s 100th edition, the Ronde had an amazing climax last year as well.
Oudenaarde showed itself a really ambitious partner in the Flanders Classics story, resulting in a serious growth of international charisma of the Ronde during recent years. The international cycling peloton agrees the Ronde van Vlaanderen is the most beautiful of all one day races and “Flanders Finest” attracts foreign tourists to Oudenaarde and the ‘Flemish Ardennes’ all year long.
It’s the ambition of Flanders Classics and the city of Oudenaarde to entice more foreign tourists to the city and the region. From 2018 on Oudenaarde wants to be the centre of cycling for five whole days. In that perspective, Flanders Classics has decided to move Dwars Door Vlaanderen, recently added to the WorldTour calendar, to the Wednesday before the Ronde. Festivities in Oudenaarde will start on Wednesday with the Ronde van Vlaaanderen as apotheosis on Sunday.