Stage 13: Round-up

Oh I’m so conflicted!  Last night’s coverage gave us what I think was possibly the best cow spotting of the tour so far, with added bonus Paul Sherwen commentary. But it was the only cow spotting for this stage.  Does that make it a good stage for #TeamVaches or a bad stage?

The riders were cycling for almost 5 hours today, through some uninspiring scenery. Eventually Michael Morecow got bored with it too and sped away front he pack in an attempt to get to the finish and into the showers first. From 60 km out he battled alone, through cross winds that split the peloton and on his way up the Cat 3 climb at the end of the stage, only to be caught by the peloton and bumped.

Andrew Greipel took home his third stage win for this tour, closely followed by Peter Sagan and Edvard Boasson Hagen.

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Stage 13: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Le Cap d’Agde

This is the stage the remaining sprinters have been waiting for: a relatively flat 217km ride down to the Mediterranean. French riders in the peloton will be looking for a piece of Bastille Day glory – look for early breakaways! – and all will be hoping that the potentially strong winds will help rather than hinder today.

We are back in the home of the Camargue cattle, profiled by Essjaymoo in detail for Stage 15 last year. Unlike the Herens, which we saw fighting each other, these ones have another enemy in mind. This might add a little to the urgency with which the peloton attacks the route today.

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Stage thirteen: round-up

Riders are approaching KM 0. It’s hot for a change. Watch out for cows that roam free on the Aubisque and Soulor.

That tweet from The Inner Ring is just the kind of thing Team Vaches wants to read as a stage starts.  After a number cow-free stages we were keen for #trolldj to go back to being a distraction from, rather than the focus of, our nightly viewing.  Our hopes had also been raised when we received this photo from cowrespondent David, taken on the road to Lourdes in 2008:

After the Taste Le Tour segment, my only cow-related concern ahead of the coverage starting was that we had no cheese to accompany what promised to be a riot of ruminant spotting.

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Pyrenees Cheese and Wine

Sometimes  I wonder why I write this blog… all for fun… no remuneration… oh… umm… oops – yes well – umm… now that you mention it… yes that *is* in fact the  aftermath of a recent wine and cheese tasting – all in the name of Les Vaches of course.   Ahem.

 

So – one of our fabulous supporters, DiscoverVin, knows an awful lot about the wines of South West France, around those wonderful Pyrenees mountains. The Tour is travelling anti-clockwise this year so around Stage 10 (July 12) the tour will head down towards the Pyrenees.

So you’ve got a bit of time to get organised – but DiscoverVin and our good selves have done some of the hard work for you.  Yes – what to drink and what cheese to eat!  The wines come in a handy six-pack, ready for you. The cheese was chosen with the assistance of Anthony Femia, cheesemonger (and proud cow-respondent!) who takes care of the cheese at the Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder.

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