Stage 18: Briançon > Izoard

At the end of this 179.5km stage, the riders will be on the summit of the Col d’Izoard. “Legend” has it that the yellow jersey must win at Izoard, although how seriously Froome takes these Tour traditions is debatable. Particularly since this one doesn’t seem to have consequences for the yellow jersey who doesn’t win at Izoard. We were sad to see Marcel Kittel abandon during stage 17. The silver lining is that Michael Matthews will be in the green jersey today.

Cows have been thin on the ground over the past few stages. Last night brought a sighting of a cow sculpture on a roundabout, and this lone vache in a paddock:


Image: Puggle

Clearly we are looking for better things, vache-wise, tonight! The Tour website includes “bovine and ovine breeding” as a key element of the Hautes-Alpes economy. Here’s hoping they are not experiencing a vache-led recession. For your musette tonight, I think these tourtons are worth a try. Pastry filled with crème fraiche and potato, then deep fried? Sounds like perfect tour-snacking to me…

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