2019 Tour de France Grand Départ: Muur van Geraardsbergen and team time trial confirmed

Brussels will host the start of the 2019 race

Peter Sagan climbs the Muur during the 2017 edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The opening stages of the 2019 Tour de France will feature a team time trial and an ascent of the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen, as the first two stages of the race were revealed

Race organiser ASO had already confirmed that Brussels will host the Grand Départ of the 2019 race, as the Tour marks the 50th anniversary of five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx's first triumph in the race in 1969 and the 100th anniversary of the famous yellow jersey.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.