GP Eddy Merckx merges with Paris-Brussels

The GP Eddy Merckx time trial will not be held this year. The race, which started in 1980 as an individual time trial and in 1998 became on of the very few remaining two-up time trials on the calendar, will merge with the Paris-Brussels road race from 2005. Changes in the European calendar have made it hard for the organizers to attract a high-quality field, hence the merger.

The new event will have a mass-start road race format and will finish at the Atomium in Anderlechy, outside Brussels, where the GP Eddy Merckx traditionally started.

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