Stage city for the 11th time
Capital of Belgium and headquarters of the European Union
Common of the Brussels-Capital region
180 000 inhabitants (Bruxellois), 1 200 000 inhabitants in the region
Leaving Brussels, the peloton will already be thinking of the Muur van Geraardsbergen, which was already featured in Eddy Merckx’s first Tour in 1969. After a U-turn in Charleroi, a cobblestone sector will shake up the riders. They will go past the famous Lion's Mound, on the battlefield where Napoleon’s troops were defeated in the battle of Waterloo. The finale will take them through the streets of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, where a young Eddy pulled on his first yellow jersey.