2019 Tour de France to start from Brussels

Eddy Merckx and Fabian Cancellara

The 2019 Tour de France will start from Brussels, 50 years after Belgian great Eddy Merckx won the race for the first time, organizers said on Tuesday.

100 years after the creation of the Yellow Jersey the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 will take place in Brussels, which already hosted the departure of the Tour de France in 1958.

The Belgian capital will follow on from Düsseldorf, from which the riders will set off for the first stage on 1st July, and the Vendée in the Pays de la Loire region, which will host the Grand Départ in July 2018.

In less than one month, the Tour de France riders will start to head to Düsseldorf, for the Grand Départ which has not taken place in Germany since 1987 in Berlin.

It will not be the only anniversary to be celebrated, because on the first post-war edition of Le Tour, in 1947, the race witnessed a stage outside the French borders when the pack headed to Brussels on the second day. Since then, the Belgian capital has welcomed the Grand Boucle ten times and ten stage finishes or half-stages have taken place there.

Indeed, in 2019, for the centenary of the Yellow Jersey, Brussels will be hosting the Grand Départ as Eddy Merckx, the man with the most stage wins on the race, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first victory.


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