Tour de France: Brussels Grand Départ unveiled

Next year it will be exactly 50 years since Belgium's Eddy Merckx won his first tour de France.  It was a feat he was to repeat on four occasions.  To mark the anniversary next year's Tour de France will start in Brussels.

The start of the race or 'Grand Départ' is being dubbed 'Brussels Grand Départ' for the occasion. The first stages will be raced on 6 and 7 July 2019.  The event has a logo all of its own as well as an HQ based on the Brouckèreplein in downtown Brussels.  A team of ten people will be busy preparing for the event all year.

Yellow, the colour of the leader’s yellow jersey, is the main colour of the logo.  City cabinet member for sports Alain Courtois explains: "It shows Eddy Merckx on his bike in what is probably one of his most famous images.  It was taken the moment he won his first stage in the 1969 Tour."

The City of Brussels that is involved in the staging of the event is looking for volunteers to provide support, security, deal with accreditations and receive guests and sponsors.  "A lot of work still needs to be done" says Alain Courtois.