The Tour de France 2019 will start in Brussels

25/01/2018

We already told you last year that the 2019 Tour de France would start in Brussels. Now more details are known.

The starting point of the 106th edition, on Saturday 6 July 2019, is the Grand Place. The event will be paying tribute to the greatest cycling icon of all time, Eddy Merckx. It will be exactly 50 years ago that he won his first yellow jersey. His victory was celebrated at the exact same place, from the balcony of the town hall in front of a fully-packed Grand Place, making for memorable images.

The first two stages of the race are also known. On Saturday, the cyclists will ride for 192 km. Starting from the Grand Place, they will travel via Molenbeek and Anderlecht to the Pajottenland. Then, they follow on to Ninove and Geraardsbergen, with the notorious climb at Kapelmuur and Bosberg. After that, they head toward Wallonia, via Enghien and Braine-le-Comte, looping into Charleroi and then past the Lion of Waterloo, Overijse and Tervuren to return to Brussels. In the European capital, the Cinquantenaire Park and the European Quarter can't be missed, with the inner city ring finally taking them to Laken.

In the second stage, on Sunday, there will be a team time trial, also starting and ending in Brussels. After the start at the Royal Palace in the city centre, there will be a 28-kilometer tour with, amongst other sites, a ride through the Bois de la Cambre. The wide avenues of the capital city will then take them in the direction of the Atomium, where the finish line is located.

The Tour de France is the third most watched sporting event in the world and is broadcast in 190 countries worldwide. Aside from its sporting dimension, it’s also a unique opportunity to promote the city and to ‘put Brussels on the map'. But also, to reveal its architectural, cultural and culinary heritage and to highlight the cosmopolitan aspects of Europe.