Paris-Brussels had its first edition back in 1893, one year later than the oldest cycling classic, Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Despite its rich history the race never made it to the fine list of classics, such as the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix or Milan-Sanremo, notwithstanding the amount of champions who won the race. Thirteen world champions won the race in their rainbow jersey and great riders like Briek Schotte, Rik Van Steenbergen, Rik Van Looy, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Rolf Sörensen, Frank Vandenbroucke, Robbie McEwen and Tom Boonen crossed the line with their hands in the air.
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We are determined to continue this tradition, aiming at the future. And that’s where the Brussels Cycling Classic comes is. Since UCI decided to adapt their international calendar, in order not to charge the athletes too much, we were forced to cut down the distance to 200 kilometers.
The second reason to change the name into Brussels Cycling Classic has got everything to do with… Brussels itself.
The Brussels race
Cycling has become a globalized sport, and that’s why we will aim at giving back the Brussels Cycling Classic a great deal of radiance. The city of Brussels, as the Belgian’s and Europe’s capital, could not be more appropriate to this goal. We would like to turn the Brussels Cycling Classic into the most important race in Brussels, showing the finest city features to the world.
Le Parc du Cinquantenaire with its stately triumphal arch will be the wonderful start place. The final kilometers will take the riders along two broad Brussels boulevards (Boulevard Reyers and Boulevard Lambermont), passing the royal palace in Laeken, as well as the Japanese Tower and the King Baudouin stadium. This road race through the Brussels streets will reach its climax at the most known monument by far: the Atomium.