The race is crossing back into France for the end-game of this year’s Tour. The official race guide describes this as “the showcase stage of the 2011 Tour de France”. We’re pretty sure they are talking about the challenging cols over this 200.5km stage – Col Agnel, Col d’Izoard and Galibier are all hors categorie climbs – but perhaps they are also talking about the cattle. Galibier-Serre Chevalier puts us in the Dauphiné alps, so whilst there is no indigenous breed for this particular area, we remember the participation of les vaches in the Dauphiné-Libéré. This time, we hope they take a more spectatorial interest than a participatory one.
Photo: Will Levy