After a couple of long stages and hard-fought battles for the finish by the sprinters, they will hand over riders more comfortable with climbing today. The race guide reminds us that it was Voeckler in yellow when the Tour spent a rest day in our finish town five years ago. At over 16 minutes down he’s not threatening any leader’s jerseys today, however we know he likes to get out in front where he can.
As we head into the Cantal, we should be on the lookout for Salers cattle.
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They are quite a distinctive rich red colour (described as mahogany in my cattle bible) with fetching “pertly” curving horns. From the following description, and the look of the lush pasture we’ve been seeing recently, if we catch a glimpse of them they are likely to be eating:
As mountain cows they have been bred to perform well on a range of sparse grasses. This means they are not fussy eaters and are reported to have the fastest eating rate of French cows – more nibbles per minute. If you stand in the herd after you move them to new pasture it is quite an experience. They don’t mess about. Everyone stands and eats. They eat right up to you as though you aren’t there. There is only the noise of munching.
BC rhapsodises about the quality of the beef from these animals. As it’s midweek and you have all been working hard on your tour snacks, how about making life both easy and delicious by going with a classic steak frites tonight? Feel free to rustle up an afterthought salad if you feel you must…
If you can find some Cantal cheese, recommended wine matches are cabernet sauvignon or a “mellow” white. Bon appetit!