Stage 15: Tallard > Nîmes

A long transitional stage the day before a rest day? Hmmmm, I’m already starting to nod off… What we can expect from today is an ulimately-doomed breakaway and a sprint finish. I’m hoping Sagan gets over the line first as I’m getting twitchy about a stage-victory-less green jersey winner.

Sadly, my tip-of-evil for yesterday’s stage failed to have the desired effect; Valverde remains in second position overall. Nibali has continued to extend his lead and will no doubt be looking to stay safe, maintain his advantage and conserve energy as much as possible. Yesterday’s stage winner, Majka, has the same number of KoM points as Rodriguez, who retains the polka dot jersey. With no points on offer today, we can enjoy the colour coordination until at least Wednesday.

The last couple of stages have been tough going for vache fans. We’ve made do with Taste le Tour cattle and bison but I do have a positive feeling about today. I’m sure my sighting of a gorgeous Highland bull this morning was a good omen. We probably won’t spot any of those – we are in Camargue country!

Stage 6Image: M Vache

Last year some of these cattle featured in the stage from Aix-en-Provence to Montpelier, and in 2012 Paul Sherwen gave us a positive ID of a group in the stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Le Cap d’Agde. What to eat? Well, you really can’t go past the Gardiane la Camargue, which is also known as Gardiane le Taureau as it’s traditionally meat from the bull that is used. This stew is perfect for a winter’s night! Follow with any leftover alpine cheeses as when we return after the rest day it’s the Pyrenees.



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