The Ronde returns to its roots

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) (Image credit: Elmar Krings)

Organisers of the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) have announced a route just shy of 260 kilometres for the race's 2009 edition that adds seven kilometres of cobbled roads when compared with the 2008 event. The course will pass through the heart of Gent, the city which hosted the start of the race during its first 63 years, then heads east through Wetteren, which hosted the finish early in the race's history.

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