Wednesday 27 December 2017 at 21h07

On 22 May 2014, already mentioned a possible Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 in Brussels, as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first out of 5 overall victories in the Tour de France for Eddy Merckx. On 30 May this year, the organisor of the Tour, Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), finally officially announced this Grand Départ, 100 years after the creation of the Yellow Jersey* and 61 years after the first Grand Départ of the Belgian capital.


Eddy Merckx: present or not?

The Cannibal himself already declared at that time that he would assist to this event if I'm still there in 2019 and in the end, he might be absent for another reason at this Grand Départ which will be dedicated to him. Eddy MerckxIndeed, apparently the relations between Eddy Merckx and A.S.O. are not that good right now following the end of the Tour of Qatar, organised by Merckx for A.S.O. Indeed, according to A.S.O. has been respectless when they said this cancellation of the race was his fault ...

You can listen to his interview about this with RTBF hereunder.
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The programme of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 in Brussels

In Brussels, in Belgium, the programme of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 would be made up of two stages on the territory of the Belgian capital.

Indeed, according to Belgian media, the first stage would start in Brussels on Saturday 6 July 2019, and visit the roads of Flanders and Wallonia. The next day, on Sunday 7 July 2019, a team time trial would be on the programme in the streets of Brussels!

The details of the Grand Départ will be announced during a press conference which would be organised in Brussels on Tuesday 16 January 2018.

Before we'll discover them let's have a look at the images of the previous visits of the Tour de France to Brussels:

>> You can also have a look at the photos of the last stage start of the Tour de France in Brussels, in 2010

* which, in my opinion, should also honor the first rider who wore the Yellow Jersey, Eugène Christophe, and thus the city of Malakoff, just like for me the city where he lived! (however, when I suggested this during the "Malakoff and me" operation, I didn't get any answer ...)

door Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Dank voor deze - zoals gewoonlijk - gedegen informatie! Goed om het geheugen op te frissen. Goed idee om in 2019 tevens Eugène Christophe te herdenken/huldigen.Ik hoop op aanwezigheid Eddy Merckx. Ophalen van geschiedenis is deel van de charme van de Tour de France.

    | elli izeboud | Thursday 28 December 2017 om 12h10

  2. CLM par equipes 28 km agglo Bruxelles. Etape sprinter 192km (Bosberg et Mur de Grammont loin de l'arrivée).

    | barbote | tuesday 16 January 2018 om 12h50

  3. Hey Thomas, bien le tour 2018 n"est même pas encore fini, je devient déjà curieux afin de savoir les passages aux alpes et aux pyrenées, après les deux etappes de départ à Bruxelles. Est-ce vous avez déjà de plus amples renseignements à ce point svp? Merci d'avance Thomas.

    | marcel van londerzeele | Saturday 28 July 2018 om 22h25

  4. marcel
    Il y a déjà quelques pistes sur la discussion "Le Grand Départ du Tour de France 2019 à Bruxelles?"


    | Pierre LACOUE | Sunday 29 July 2018 om 07h13

  5. Dag Thomas,

    via via heb ik vernomen dat er op 15 juli 2019 iig een aankomst zal plaatsvinden in Briancon. Het betreft hier een rit van circa 75 km over de Col de Vars en Col de l'Izoard. Ik heb uit eigen beweging gecheckt naar de beschikbaarheid van hotels in Briancon, veel, zoniet alles is reeds volgeboekt op voornoemde datum.

    | John ten Brink | tuesday 31 July 2018 om 11h23

  6. le dauphine du 28 juillet evoque une etape qui arriverait à Villard de Lans et le lendemain un départ de Grenoble.

    | blaise | Thursday 02 August 2018 om 08h26

  7. 'Mont Ventoux could return as the race heads to Gap for its second rest day.', Cycling Weekly says in this blog:

    | Alex | Friday 03 August 2018 om 19h45

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