It’s one for the sprinters, looking to fight it out for a win at the end of this 162.5km stage. If you’re thinking this might mean an early night, given the relative shortness of the stage and the lack of trying climbs, you might be in for an unwelcome surprise. It starts a full hour later than yesterday’s stage. Yes, it should be faster… but how much faster? Get the kettle on.
Last time the tour finished in Montpellier we were at the finish, baking in the hot sun and celebrating Daryl Impey’s yellow jersey. The couch peloton was also celebrating, as there were sightings of the local vaches, the Camargue.
— Saint Star (@cfsmtbation) July 4, 2013
We caught a glimpse of some back in 2013 as we rode just south of today’s route.
It seems fitting that the zippy Camargue is the breed for a sprint stage. In these parts, bulls are bred for la course Camarguiase, in which
the goal of the Camargue matador, or raseteur, is to pluck a ribbon from between the bull’s horns. The bulls aren’t killed or injured, but it’s extremely dangerous for the men trying to get that ribbon. The dozen or so raseteurs, all dressed in white, crisscross the arena, calling out to the creature to attract him. They constantly have to leap up into the bleachers to escape the charging bull.
Eleanor Beardsley, All Things Considered
Here’s how it works:
This blog by Debra Kolkka has some lovely pictures taken on a tour of the marshlands.
I’m very much looking forward to trying tonight’s wine, a Carignan, Grenache and Syrah blend, despite the label being deux ânes rather than deux vaches. The Drinks List describes it has being “bright and bouncy” with “racy acid”. Perfect for a sprint stage!