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Sunday is team time trial day in Brussels

Sunday is the second day of the Tour de France and the second day that the world’s biggest cycling event starts in Brussels.

The second stage involves a team time trial over a distance of 27.6 km with the finish too is in the Belgian capital. 

Riders start from the Paleizenplein outside the royal palace of Brussels, the office of Filip, King of Belgians.  They then make for the Ter Kameren Wood in the south of the capital.  The teams then cross the centre of Brussels to reach the finish on the Eeuwfeestlaan near the Atomium. 

The riders face four climbs with an average gradient of 4%.  The first climb occurs after 1.4km.  There’s a 600m stretch with a 4% gradient.  This is repeated over 800 metres nearly ten kilometres into the race and again after 13 km over 300 metres.  Just over 3 km from the finish there is an 800 metre stretch with a 3.5% gradient.

The route is described as “not too complicated” in the media.  Roads in Brussels are wide and the teams face few bends.

Team Ineos is the first team to start at 14:30 CEST.  The last team is scheduled to arrive at 16:45 CEST.

Meanwhile everything has been made ready.  Tram lines are being covered.  Trams are used to show there's a no through way. Pedestrians can only cross the route in a few clearly marked spots and the police say: "No, you can't cycle on the route! Only the riders can."

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