Brussels will host the start of the Tour de France in 2019. For the second time, the capital will receive the start of the Tour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Tour victory of Eddy Merckx in 1969. The first stage on Saturday 6 July 2019 goes from Brussels via Charleroi back to Brussels. On Sunday 7 July 2019, there will be a team time trial in Brussels finishing at the Atomium.
The Tour of France is the third most viewed sporting event in the world and broadcast in 190 countries around the world. This is a unique opportunity, in addition to the sporting dimension, to promote the city, to put ‘Brussels on the map’. But also to reveal the architectural, cultural and culinary heritage and to emphasize the cosmopolitan and open aspect in Europe.