Binche owes its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage not to the ramparts of its medieval city, but to its carnival that takes place on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) and features the Gilles, colourful characters whose origins are believed to hark back to the Spanish occupation of the region in the 14th century. Cycling enthusiasts tend to be drawn here in the autumn for the Binche-Chimay-Binche (now Binche-Tournai-Binche) semi-Classic, while the town has also hosted the Belgian championships on several occasions, as well as the start of Flèche Wallonne in 2013 and 2017. In 2019, Binche was also the starting point for a Belgian-French stage of the Tour that was won in Épernay by Julian Alaphilippe.
- Stage town for the 2nd time
- City in the province of Hainaut (Belgium)
- Population: 33,500 (Binchois and Binchoises)