Brussels Grand départ 2019 – From 01 to 07.07.2019
The 2019 Grand Départ is an opportunity to celebrate the hospitality, culture and culinary heritage of Brussels and Belgium, as well as to highlight the achievements of the many legendary athletes that have played an key role in the history of cycling.
Participants in the Grand Boucle have ridden through the streets of Belgium 47 times, first visiting the capital city in 1947.
Belgium and its capital Brussels are famous for their cycling culture, having hosted many events to honour this eco-friendly mode of transportation throughout the years.
The Tour de France has earned a special place in the hearts of the country’s residents, with so many of its cycling champions winning a place on the podium and inspiring fans everywhere.
A few key facts:
106th edition of the Tour de France
Eddy Merckx’s first victory was 50 years ago (1969)
100 year anniversary of the Yellow Jersey, worn 111 times by Eddy Merckx (who still holds the record)
The Tour has passed through Brussels 11 times
The last time the Grand Départ took place in Brussels was in 1958
The last time the Tour passed through Brussels was in 2010