Stage 15: Limoux > Montpellier

192.5 kilometers of pretty flat cycling gets us from the Pyrenees to the Alps.  The last day for the sprinters to shine and probably finalise the green jersey standings before they hit the Champs-Élysées.  Mind you – if they come across any of our featured bovine for this stage, they’d better have their sprinting legs on [particularly those teams in red… I’m looking at you, BMC and Cofidis – Injera]! Mesdames et Messieurs may I present….Le Camargue!

 Image: Kranky Kids

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Geraint Thomas – the secret of his success?

What a stage Geraint Thomas had – second over the Col du Tourmalet having fought back after being dropped off the back of the breakaway. Leading for much of the stage, but didn’t have quite enough to hold on till the end.  He was awarded the “most combative” award for the day and even managed to make it home (albeit 10 mins behind the leaders). A terrific stage for Geraint.

Really – it’s no wonder that Geraint is having a good tour, he’s got the cows on-side!

According to Velonation

The Sky Procycling rider has signed a deal with the Welsh red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) to be the new ambassador for Welsh beef and lamb. In announcing the deal, he has emphasised the importance of nutrition in sport. “Fuelling yourself for any exercise, whether it’s the Tour de France or just a friendly game of football with your friends, it’s important that you eat the right foods to get the essential vitamins,” he said

Not only that – but I think the Welsh Cows are following Daisy’s lead and marshalling a herd response to protect their boy from wayward tourists, dogs on leashes and other varieties of cows who may be looking to knobble his chances.

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Rest Day: Le Lioran, Cantal

So, the tour overnights in the small town of Le Lioran (which I can’t help but associate with DeLorian) in the Department of Cantal and it’s time to rest.  Time to dry off that lycra and air those shoes and take a break from spotting cows in the nearby hills.  Time for a decent feed, a glass of wine and a bit of a break from the hoopla around Le Tour.  After yesterday – I’m sure all  are looking forward to a break.

We, Les Vaches, are very pleased to share with you another “first person” perspective on this region of France.  This time  we’ve very pleased to share with you some remembrances from Nic Poelaert, chef/owner of Embrasse Restaurant in Carlton, Melbourne.  Nic grew up in Northern France, but spent holidays in the Auvergne Region. Voted  Young Chef of the Year 2010, his restaurant holds one hat in the Age Good Food Guide, and just a few weeks ago he won  Food Service Australia Chef of the Year 2011.


Chateau de Severac by Bro Yves via Wikimedia Commons

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