Well, what would be rather nice if we could spot round here, there is a very well-known rare race of cows, the belle Gascon. They’re actually white cows, but the youngsters have a brown coat.
We finally saw a finish where the “heads of state” were in a group, eyeing each other off and trading attacks, having dropped their foot-soldiers. Jelle Vanendert of Omega-Pharma Lotto crossed the line first with Sammy Sanchez 21 seconds behind. Andy Schleck opened up a 2 second gap before Cowbell, who got the same time as Contador, Franck Schleck and Veau-ckler. Cowbell remains in a Schleck sandwich in the GC, and Veau-ckler is not relinquishing his yellow jersey yet. Just as well – the paint on the yellow bike is only just dry. Cowvendish also keeps the green jersey, and will have a chance to battle for some more points in today’s stage. Roy gives the spots up to stage winner Vanendert and the new white jersey holder is Rigoberto Uran, from Sky.
The stage might have been over, but the cows were not done for the day. In a break between presentations, the helicopters swept over the plateau and captured this:
And Gabriel Gate’s Taste le Tour, despite being promoted as focussing on lamb, gave us these riches:
These looked like Abondance, which we will talk about more in the Alpine stages. All in all, stage 14 was a winner!