2019 Tour de France Grand Depart to include the Muur and a Team Time Trial
Jan 15 2018 09:02 pm CET

2019 Tour de France Grand Depart to include the Muur and a Team Time Trial
2019 Tour de France Grand Depart to include the Muur and a Team Time Trial
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TOUR DE FRANCE

One day before the presentation of the Grand Depart of the 2019 Tour de France, Belgian newspaper Le Soir has unveiled the route of the first two stages of the race.

On the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France victory of Eddy Merckx, the French grand tour will start from the Belgian capital. The first stage will be on July 6 of 2019 and won't be a prologue.

The stage will be a ride from Brussels to Charleroi and back, and will be 192 kilometres long, all within Belgium. The route will take the riders from the Place des Palais/Paleizenplein, in front of the WarandePark, through Molenbeek and Anderlecht.

After 43 kilometres, the riders will pass on the mythical Muur van Geraardsbergen, which was also included in the Tour of 1969 which was won by Merckx. Then the route will go through Courcelles, Gosselies, Waterloo before finishing at the Castle of Laeken, where it is likely that one of the puncheurs will take the Yellow Jersey.

The next day, July 7, will be a team time trial of around 50 kilometres that will take the riders again from the Warandepark to the Atomium.
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