Organizer Flanders Classics announces changes to the route, which include the inclusion of the Kapelmuur and a start in Antwerp.
Everything looks to be on track for the first-ever Middle Eastern team to join the WorldTour for 2017, led by Italian Vincenzo Nibali.
Italian Fabio Aru is heading to France to race the Tour in two weeks, but the reigning Vuelta champ faces stiff competition.
After racing the Dauphiné and other big spring WorldTour races, American Alexey Vermeulen is keen to race his debut grand tour this season.
Richie Porte dropped from second to fourth after three Sky riders outmaneuvered him when he attacked in Sunday's final stage.
Ian Boswell says he's feeling strong motivated after his second career grand tour as he lines up in Switzerland as a super-domestique for
Mining services company Orica announced it will back the team through 2017 before ending its relationship with the Australian squad.
Fabio Aru, 25, won the Vuelta a Espana last year and will have the backing of teammate Vincenzo Nibali on the roads of France.
The Dutch rider nearly won the Giro d'Italia last month, but the team's small budget could mean he seeks work elsewhere in 2017.
A police motorbike found itself in the middle of a tightly packed group of riders during stage 1 at the Critérium du Dauphiné Monday.