Spectators might witness the first surprises of the 2019 Tour de France, beginning with a new leader – unless the sprinter, who will have most likely taken the lead the previous day, is part of a team of time trial specialists. The wide streets of Brussels provide the ideal route for an impressive team effort, with few turns and a series of false flats that will truly test riders’ technical skills. The first riders to make it to the home stretch will also be the first to enjoy a stunning view of the Atomium, built for the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958.
Communes of Brussels on the route: Bruxelles, Etterbeek, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Auderghem, Watermael-Boitsfort, Ixelles, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Schaerbeek.
1 pm: Departure of the publicity caravans
place des Palais – Atomium
2.30 pm: Departure of the first team
place des Palais
3 pm: Arrival of the first team 4.45 pm: Arrival of the last team