Vilvoorde, 3 July 2020 – The pack will be coming to Brussels in the last weekend of August. The circuit of the Brussels Cycling Classic, which will take place on Sunday 30 August, is going to look a little different this year, as in contrast to previous years the race is once again finishing at the Belgiëplein/Place de la Belgique at the foot of the Atomium.
Also unlike previous editions, in 2020 the Brussels Cycling Classic will take place on a Sunday instead of on a Saturday. On 30 August, the Brussels Cycling Classic will once again be able to count on the support and cooperation of the City of Brussels and the Brussels-Capital Region for a 203-km race in and around the Belgian capital.
The competition is still starting at the Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire, but this year it will be finishing at the Atomium once again. The finish is located at the Belgiëplein/Place de la Belgique, in the shadow of one of the most famous monuments in Brussels. Between start and the finish, a total of 10 climbs await the pack. After the start at the Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire, the pack will head towards the undulating Druivenstreek (grape-growing region), where the first climbs are on the menu after just 15 km.
The route will then cross the language border on its way to Hainaut. Here too, a few challenging climbs await, including the Rue de Ronquières. After passing through Walloon territory, the pack will return to Brussels. Around 40 km from the finish line and in a thrilling final, a passage awaits in Beersel with climbs of the Alsemberg, Bruine Put and Menisberg. Climb number 10, the Keperenberg in Dilbeek, is 13 kilometres from the finish line located at the Belgiëplein/Place de la Belgique this year.
The successor to Caleb Ewan will therefore be able to celebrate his victory with the Atomium as his backdrop.
Minister for Finance and Budget, responsible for the promotion of Brussels, Sven Gatz, says: “The circuit of the Brussels Cycling Classic looks very promising. With the starting line at the Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire as before and the finish line back at the Atomium after several years, together with a few challenging stretches in Flemish Brabant and Hainaut, it promises to be an exciting classic with a strong list of participants. And undoubtedly our Brussels streets, squares and monuments will again play a starring role.”
Benoit Hellings, the City of Brussels’s Alderman of Sports says: “A start at the Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire and an arrival at the Atomium: is there a more prestigious backdrop than the City of Brussels for this exceptional race that is the Brussels Cycling Classic? We always welcome the participants in this race with great pleasure. They inspire our children to dream and excel themselves. In addition, this year the Brussels Cycling Classic can look forward to an even warmer welcome in a city where cycling has taken on an unprecedented role as a result of the health conditions.”
In total, 9 UCI World Teams will assemble at the starting line at the Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire. In addition, 10 UCI Pro Teams and 3 UCI Continental Teams are also competing for victory in the Belgian capital. However, we will still have to wait and see who the participating racers will be.