Huy, one of Belgium’s oldest cities, has a thousand-year-old reputation based on its artisanal skills, as well as its industrial and commercial expertise. The city’s long love story with the bicycle emerged in 1869 at the annual fair, on the Promenade de l'Île, which would later become the starting point for the fourth stage of the 2006 Tour de France. A velodrome followed in 1919, and then the Flèche Wallonne would pass through from 1936 onwards. The cycling competition climbed the Mur de Huy hill for the first time in 1982 before becoming a permanent feature two years later. After crossing Huy six times, stages of the Tour de France finally started in the town in 1995, 2001 and 2006. The culmination came in 2015 when, at the top of the Mur, Huy hosted the arrival of the third stage of the Tour de France, to permanently become one of the landmarks of international cycling.

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