The event was attended by an estimated 75,000 enthusiasts. Eddy Merckx, who is not so keen to be in the spotlights, was clearly touched by the cheering crowd and the tribute.
While the riders are still enjoying a day of rest today, smaller events will take place in the centre, including the Fan Park at the De Brouckère Square.
Tomorrow, the opening stage will start and end in the capital, in order to finish in front of the Royal Palace in Laken. For the occasion, the VRT's late night Tour de France TV show, "Vive Le Vélo", was granted the permission by the king himself to use the castle gardens to stage the show. The show is staged in a mobile studio in open air on a different location each day, travelling together with the riders.
Sunday's stage, a team time trial, will end at the iconic Atomium. Take into account that the event will cause mobility problems if you come to Brussels by car. The main advice is to use public transport. Public transport services have been boosted for the occasion, and the Brussels trams, buses and metros are free of charge in the weekend. For more information about which streets are being closed, you can visit the website of the Brussels police.