As suspected, we didn’t get a lot of cow action during the opening stage. The few sightings were brief and very much in the background, with the exception of the display put on by the Agriculteurs de Vendée at the 94km mark. Their cow was, however, sculptural.
Despite the effort these farmers had gone to with their display, Phil and Paul were less than impressed. They felt that the use of the vehicles animating the wheels of the bike undermined the Tour’s green credentials. Sheesh – lighten up, guys!
Other cattle sightings were as follows:
- from the helicopter at 114.8km. The chopper was blowing up a lot of hay at the time, but some creamy cows were visible in the background.
- at around 56km behind the Donjon de Bazoges-en-Pareds. This was one of the “historical detours”, rather than on the race route.
- as Jens Voigt loaded up on bidons at the 30.3km mark. The important statistics here: two cows, seven drink bottles. Impressive.
In case you have an interest in the bike race, Philippe Gilbert took the lead in an exciting finish with Cadel (Cow-del) Evans three seconds behind. Gilbert is the leader in the overall, points and climbing categories, but our Welsh cow ambassador Geraint Thomas will be wearing the white jersey.