The Province of Liège has had a long love affair with the Tour de France – it hosted the Grand Départ in 2004 and 2012 – and with cycling as a whole. Among other major events, Liège has hosted the World Championships (1930), is the finish and then the start for Flèche Wallonne and is the proud home of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the “Doyenne of the Classics”, created in 1892 and now one of the season’s five “Monuments”. The women’s race (established in 2017) means that the racers will already be familiar with the difficulties that await them on the road to the industrial centre dubbed “La Cité Ardente”, the fiery city.
- Capital of the province of Liège (Belgium)
- Population: 200,000; 500,000 within the operational conurbation; 635,000 within the urban region; 1,110,000 within the province of Liège