The third section isn't just a transitional stage, as it may appear at first glance. No, after all the names, so famous from pro racing, which we have explored in the previous two days, it might be nice to dip into little-known Belgium, the no-man's-land between the Ardennes and the hills of Flanders. A genuine Belgian stage, without a doubt. We head out of Namur along the Sambre, and the traffic may be a little heavier for a few kilometres, but that's soon done and dusted. Over quiet country lanes we swing from sleepy village to sleepy village, over terrain that is undulating to hilly, varied, and where it's just great to ride your bike and take in how the landscape changes. A particular delicacy awaits us on the other side of Mellery - our first taste of the cobblestones to get us in the mood for the days to come. Coming out of Ittre there is another short climb, and shortly afterwards, near Enghien, we cross the border into Flanders. Then it's not far to the day's high point – the legendary Wall of Geraardsbergen. On cobbles, needless to say. Before we head into hillier terrain and the day's goal of Oudenaarde, the finishing point for the Tour of Flanders, we still need to get over another cobbled climb, the Eikenberg. In Oudenaarde we ride past the Ronde-van-Vlaanderen Museum, where you can stop off for a brief visit if you fancy it.