Yes it has, and the race has become a lot 'cleaner' in the sense that the finale is so hard that its a lot easier for the best guys to dominate the race. Thats one of the reasons for the route change being really good, and the race has become better as a result as it essentially really starts with 55 to go at worst as well.
The downside is its less of a tactical race for the guys that cannot follow the best, and there's only one antidote for that. I guess you can try to anticipate between the climbs as well after the 2nd Kwaremont, but generally the best bet would be to attack before I think.
I still think it's a pity that RVV is not using the strength of why cobbled classics are so much fun to watch in comparison to other races, and that's the long final all those races have. Let explain a bit better, but first I want to make the point that I'm not one of them, who are still complaining that the finish is not in Ninove anymore. As the possibilities and option for a beautiful route in that area are way more limited than around Oudenaarde. Even Omloop nowadays shows that it's not always the most fun route to watch of the Flemish classics.
But the Ronde now bundles all the climbs that matter in the last 55k. That will still make it a longer final than 99% of the other races on the calendar, but for a cobble classic it's rather 'short'. Some observations:
-The route has a short but interesting part between Eikenberg and Molenberg, with cobbled hills and flat cobble sectors, but it's really far from the finish
-Not much love this year for the Haaghoek, Paddestraat and Lippenhovestraat
-The pre-final is actually not existing. Between Molenberg and 2nd time Kwaremont the route has not really 1 climb or a section of smaller obstacles that really should cause stress in the peloton (Berg ten Houte maybe the only exception, but cobbles on the climb are rather tame). Berendries, Valkenberg, Kanarieberg are all really nice hills, but will not cause the same nervousity as if the peloton is approaching cobbled hills like Molenberg, Taaienberg or the Muur. Those types of hills would make the pre-final more interesting as it's causing splits in the peloton by it's nature even without favorites riding them full out. You get a more dynamic type of racing. On the Berendries in this phase of the race you can just hide in the middle of the peloton.
-The final 55k are so bundled and hard, that favorites will be afraid to make earlier moves
-The final 55k are so hard that it's not really necessary for certain teams to make the race hard before neither
-The final 55k are so hard that there is almost no space for tactics, which are normally the fun part of all the cobble (semi-) classics as well
-The final last 12k are really ugly (not that there should be hills, but suddenly there aren't even supporters anymore) and the finish street is not really turning into a famous street for finishing a race neither.