Tour de France starts in Brussels for 106th edition

Defending champion Geraint Thomas will face mountains galore and a wide cast of rivals, even within the affable Welshman’s own camp, when the three-week Tour de France begins on the cobbled streets of Brussels on Saturday.

To celebrate a centenary of the iconic race leader’s yellow jersey, organisers chose the Belgian capital, home of all-time great Eddy Merckx.