Wout van Aert and Demi Vollering return to action at Dwars door Vlaanderen

The final dress rehearsal for the Tour of Flanders sees the bergs and cobbles of Belgium return once more

Christophe Laporte wins the 2024 Dwars door Vlaanderen
(Image credit: Getty Images / Jasper Jacobs / AFP / Belga)

Like many races in this part of the world, Dwars door Vlaanderen features some of the most storied bergs in Flanders. However, unlike most of those other races, Dwars door Vlaanderen – meaning 'Through Flanders' – can claim to be a true dress rehearsal for the main event that is the Tour of Flanders, as it comes only four days before.

The 189km WorldTour-ranked men’s race starts in Roeselare and finishes in Waregem, while the 129.9km women’s event is a ProTour race starting and finishing in Waregem. They're races with serious pedigree – the men's event has been run every year since 1945, while the women's race was inaugurated in 2017.

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