The start podium is located near Royal Palace and the teams set sail for Ter Kamerenbos, a park on the south side of Brussels. As the finish is the near the Atomium, which lies on the north side, the route moves through the city to get to the arrival.
The route features four sloping sections. The first one appears at kilometre 1.4 when the road climbs for 600 metres at 4%. A similar gradient holds on for 800 metres at kilometre 9.8, while the shortest upslope – 300 metres, at kilometer 13 – als goes up at 4%. With 3.3 kilometrs left the last incline is 800 metres and averaging 3.5%.
The route is all but complicated. The boulevards in Brussels are wide and straight, so it is perfect to produce top speeds. The last 1.5 kilometres are a false flat to the line.
Tour de France 2019 stage 2: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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