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
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.