Will it be another windy day? Surely that’s what the organisers have in mind with this stage. The 191.5km course meanders along the coast, taking in three Cat 4 climbs along the way. Given my tipping record to date, I wouldn’t suggest you put any money on this pick, but I’m sure it’s time for Kwiatkowski to get a win. Isn’t that the way it works? Turn-taking? Hmmmm. I’m sure the Griller will have something to say about that – he certainly seems to enjoy winning! Our fantastic/fabulous/ferocious/fickle four GC contenders all finished with the group last night, so no changes there.
This route doesn’t have any specific breeds associated with it, but I am hoping that we might spot some cows today before we hit the coast. The first part of the race is similar to the beginning of stage 4 in 2012 and we had saw a diverse range of vaches back then. Unfortunately that route continued inland which may have been where all the cows were – we are headed west. Fingers crossed!
Last time we were in these parts, we noted that we passed close-ish to Neufchâtel-en-Bray, the home of Neufchâtel cheese, and geography has not changed in the past three years. Growing up a cheese by that name was available in the local supermarket and seemed pretty much interchangeable with Philadelphia Cream Cheese. It seems it wasn’t always so. I certainly don’t remember ever seeing it in a heart shape.
Again, last time we were around here, we noted that the local cuisine was – not surprisingly – seafood dominated and offered a recipe via Parisbug for mussels with cheese and cider. Look at what Gabriel is offering today: Blue Eye and oysters in a creamy cider sauce. Sounds good to me!
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As you will have noticed, this preview is going up before the daily round-up. We’re up in the mountains for a few days, hoping for some snow (but also hoping that the predicted blizzards are an exaggeration). My wifi hotspot is working, so I will be watching and recapping the stages, but while we’re up here the previews will go live before the round-ups, which I’ll work on après ski.
And in vache news: limousins spotted en route!