Speaking on Belgian television, the Flemish prime minister Yves Leterne said that the Tour de France would feature two or three stages in Belgium in 2007. "By September or October everything will become finalised, but I can say that the Tour will certainly come to Flanders. Six or seven municipalities have submitted their candidacy to the Société du Tour de France."
According to Leterne, Middelkerke, Kortrijk, Waregem, Bilzen and Werchter have the greatest prospect of attracting the Tour. Before then, the Tour may also pass through Belgium when the race goes from Strasbourg to Limburg next year.
British cycling fans are hoping that the Tour de France will begin in London in 2007. Today's news does not rule this out, as the race could begin in the UK and then travel to Belgium via the Channel tunnel.
Further ahead, Utrecht (The Netherlands) is listed as possible Tour start in 2008 or 2009.