Welcome, bienvenue, ey up! It’s time for the 2014 Tour de France.
Stage one takes us from Leeds to Harrogate, a 190.5 km ride that takes in three categorised climbs before a sprint finish. No doubt Cav will be doing all he can to get across the line for his home crowd. Riders we are keeping an eye on are FDJ’s Jeremy Roy, a dedicated vache-spotter, and Florian Vachon of Bretagne-Seche Environnement, for obvious reasons.
Vache fans have already had their appetites whetted, with Huddersfield (or “Uddersfield” – thanks Pani!) putting Yorkshire’s agricultural heritage on show. Let’s hope we spot some tonight.
Image: Yorkshire Festival
So, which cows should we be looking out for? The Limestone Country Project tells us that the Beef Shorthorn originated in the Dales, so lets keep an eye out for this beast:
Image: Kranky Kids
On the course, we will be looking forward to the second climb, the Cat 3 Buttertubs. Following that, the peloton will be zipping through Wensleydale country, so there’s your no-brainer cheese match for tonight. (Unless, like me, you had a market-stress-induced meltdown and forgot the cheese…)