Tribute to Baron Eddy Merckx

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Belgium will pay tribute to Baron Eddy Merckx at a reception at Château de Laeken on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his first victory in the Tour de France in 1969.

Eddy Merckx will be accompanied by his family and 1969 teammates. A delegation from Amaury Sport Organisation as well as the general managers of the 22 teams participating in the 2019 Tour de France will also be present.



The 106th edition of the Tour puts our country and in particular our capital in the spotlight for two days. This year’s edition not only pays tribute to the greatest cyclist of all time, but also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey, of which Eddy Merckx remains to this day the record holder with the highest number of days (97) in yellow.