The Dauphiné continues to spoil those of us with an interest in cows, with stage six also giving us Carlton Kirby who took the opportunity to share some of his bovine knowledge.
Reliable vache-watcher Visible Procrastinations called the first sighting:
Carlton Kirby was confident enough to identify these as charolais, also suggesting that they might be destined for a kebab in the finish town, Grenoble (where he advised exercising caution with harissa).
The final vaches sighting was fleeting, but substantial.
Perhaps not quite as substantial as Bugwan initially reported…
Obviously I have updated my Tour de France map to check out these beasts as we drive into Grenoble.
Stage five of the Dauphiné followed part of the route we will see in stage 19 of the Tour, albeit in the other direction, and it gave us plenty of reasons to look forward to July. We saw a courageous day in yellow from Rohan Dennis, who will wear the white jersey in stage six. We got a glimpse of the forthcoming Froome-Contador rivalry won convincingly by Froome in this encounter, who almost gave us Kermit Arms in celebration. And we were treated to a wealth of cows.
Team Vaches was as reliable as ever in pointing out cow sightings.
Once again, thanks to all the people tweeting and screen-grabbing cows. Team Vaches’ form for the upcoming Tour is looking extremely good – I’ll need you to be sharp in July as I’ll be either roadside or trying to make sense of French broadcasts!
Stage three of the Dauphiné took the riders from Ambériue-en-Bugey through Charolais country to Tarare. The route came close to last year’s stage 10 start town in the Tour – Mâcon – so we were hopeful of some quality cow sightings.
Despite this race being the time-zone-friendliest race of the European season, the cold-and-flu season meant that this vache was off to bed hoping an early night might be the cure (and knowing that Team Vaches could be relied upon to tweet cows).
Early twitter reports suggested that this stage might be one more suited for the donkeys, what with the carrots all over the place.
It’s clear that some of you have carrots in your musettes – that’s the only explanation I can find for this exceptional piece of spotting:
We love the Dauphiné. Unlike the Tour de France, where the race leaders collect fluffy lions, or the Giro, which bestows an anthropomorphised tub of yoghurt, winners get a cow. Not only that, but there’s generally a decent amount of live cow spotting to be had.
The opening stage of this year’s race has already given Team Vaches a lot to celebrate.
Image: Seb Piquet
How will you fill your time?
- Watch the Dauphiné. Check out the form of some TdF hopefuls and admire the Alpine scenery for a taste of the coming Tour. The race starts Sunday, with live coverage on Eurosport from 9.00pm AEST and replayed on SBS2 from 10.45pm AEST (there will be live streaming on Cycling Central from 9.15pm).
- Read 100 Tours 100 Tales for stories of Tours past.
- Look at some pictures. See the official exhibition in Paris and Sydney (coming to Melbourne on 15 July), or visit Marsham in the UK for a collection of fan photos and memorabilia.
- Study the route. If you are going to be there, plan where you will stake out a position (preferably a place where the TV cameras – or even Team Vaches – will pick up your frantic #kermitarms).
- Brush up on Sherliggettisms.
It’ll be time for the Grand Départ before you know it!
Now .. call me strange, call me weird, call me cow-loving kinfolk BUT…..
Does anyone else out there think it’s kinda strange that the podium pet for the Dauphine is a cow?
(full story here)
It’s somewhat bizarre really after last year’s racus-bovine-interruptus?
Cadel tweeted that his wife Chiara wanted a goat anyway.
Les Vaches is in the newspaper! The Sydney Morning Herald, to be specific, where cow-respondent Rupert Guinness (wearing his day-job cycling correspondent hat) describes us as one of the “subcultures lurking beneath the subculture” of Le Tour fans.
We are proud to be mentioned in same “breath” as The Devil! If you want pictures of the other subcultures mentioned, you can google those yourself…
Here at Les Vaches HQ we are excited to announce that we will have an official cowrespondent on the ground for Le Tour. Rupert Guinness, of the Sydney Morning Herald, will be heading off to France shortly to cover the race. While his focus is clearly on the cycling he will be keeping an eye out for any cattle-and-cycling related news for us. He is already on top of cow news – this afternoon he tipped us off to the antics of Irish cow Daisy.
Why was Daisy so keen to escape?