Riders will quickly set the tone for the day as they head through Molenbeek and then Anderlecht, already thinking about km 43, the Mur de Grammont (which was also part of Eddy Merckx’s first Tour de France route in 1969). Racers will then travel towards Charleroi, crossing a section of cobbles before heading back towards Brussels. They’ll ride by the base of the Lion’s Mound, the battlefield where the defeat of Napoleon’s troops was set into motion. The last stretch of the route pays hommage to Merckx, nicknamed “l’Ogre de Tervuren”, with riders passing through the municipality of Tervuren, 10 km from the finish line. As the race winds to a close, riders will head through the streets of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, where Eddy first learned to ride a bike… as well as where he earned his first Yellow Jersey.
Communes of Brussels on the route : Brussels, Molenbeek, Koekelberg, Ganshoren, Anderlecht, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Auderghem, Etterbeek.