The only question to be answered in the final stage is “Who will take stage honours?”. All the jerseys are decided: Chris Froome has both the Maillot Jaune and the Polka Dots; Peter Sagan has the Green Jersey under control and Nairo Quintana has the white jersey. Of course, the Tour overall has most likely left us all with a number of questions over which we might argue for the next 342 days. I doubt that one of those will be “Did Qhubeka deserve a wildcard?”. Hopefully they will become regular participants.
As we watch the procession towards Paris we should join the leaders in celebrating with a glass of champagne. If you still have some aged alpine cheese in the fridge, this is the match of choice at Serious Eats. More traditionally, rich triple-cream cheeses are matched with sparkling wines – seems like a good excuse for something oozy and decadent!
Unless something extraordinary happens, there will be no cattle to spot today. I’ll leave you with this painting; there may be a couple of unseen vaches behind the hedgerows.
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