It’s the final stage. The procession into Paris. Clinking champagne glasses for our jersey wearers and, no doubt, for Jens Voigt as he says goodbye to this race. All that remains in doubt is who will take the final stage victory and who will still be watching to see it happen live. You see, last year’s “dusk” finish was such a success, they’ve decided to do it again. Coverage here doesn’t start until 11.00pm AEST and even the earliest estimated finish time would have us hitting our pillows after 3.00am. TrollDJ has been collecting votes for our favourite clips to play tonight, but I don’t think even that is going to keep me awake beyond midnight, despite how lovely it will be to see Péraud and Pinot flanking Nibali on the podium.
Nor is there a prospect of vaches riches to keep us tuned in. We’re in a region where, according to the Tourist Attractions page on the official website, the economy is based on “pharmaceutical products, office machines, computers, research” and a local speciality is “lark pâté”. Maybe its Sherliggett’s frequent references to the Ministry of Silly Faces, but I just can’t take stop sniggering at the lark pâté.
Image: Paris Daily Photo
Ile de France is not a complete vaches-lovers desert, it’s just that we are more likely to taste them than see them. Grab yourself a bit of creamy soft cheese to go with your champagne; either some Brie de Meaux or Coulommiers will be perfect to represent the region. M Vache has picked up hanger steak but has voted against Café de Paris butter and is instead going back to Gascony with a recipe that includes bone marrow, veal stock and butter. We are seeing out this race in vache-tastic style!