BERGERAC, France (AP) — After a well-deserved relaxation day, the Tour de France peloton will get again to work on Tuesday via the colourful landscapes of the Perigord area.
This is a gastronomic, sporting and cultural look on the 178-kilometer (111-mile) stage:
BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Stage 10 is especially flat and fitted to sprinters, with simply two minor climbs. Beginning in Perigueux, it ends in Bergerac, a beautiful medieval city on the banks of the river Dordogne.
The ultimate kilometers of the stage are easy, a stark distinction to the maze of little streets the place followers will spend the day treating themselves with the culinary specialties on provide.
PLAT DU JOUR: Only one fast tip, when you’re on a weight loss program, keep away from Perigord. This isn’t a spot for the faint hearted in terms of the artwork of the desk. Go for the duck. Foie gras is a should as an appetizer that may be adopted up with a confit (duck legs preserved in fats and salt, served fried) or magret (duck breast) for the complete monty. In case you desire cheese, the Cabecou du Perigord is creamy and delicate.
CULTURE: Tour de France contenders will experience previous the Lascaux cave. The prehistoric World Heritage web site was found in 1940 and options some beautiful searching scenes displaying about 100 animal figures. Replicas of those works are on show within the close by village of Montignac, on the Worldwide Heart of Parietal Artwork.
VIN DU JOUR: Monbazillac. Monks who based a church on Mount Bazillac began to develop vines within the 12th century within the space. A candy white wine that individuals usually style with foie gras or dessert, Monbazillac is a full-flavored deal with with honey and citrus flavors that marry nicely with blue cheese.
HISTORY: Probably the most well-known determine in Bergerac is the creator Savinien Cyrano, who impressed Edmond Rostand’s hero with a big nostril, Cyrano de Bergerac. The play is a basic of French literature and the 1990 film adaptation with Gerard Depardieu gained a number of awards together with the Oscar for the most effective costume design.
STAT OF THE DAY: 49. Chris Froome might be sporting the yellow jersey for the 49th time on Tuesday. If he retains it in Bergerac, he’ll be part of five-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil to fourth place within the all-time record of riders’ days in yellow behind Eddy Merckx (96), Bernard Hinault (75), and Miguel Indurain (60).
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is a huge blow to the group.” — Yellow jersey holder Chris Froome, reflecting on Geraint Thomas’ crash that took his Group Sky teammate out of the race on Sunday.
DIGESTIF: La Vielle Prune, or outdated plum in French, is a chest-warming eau de vie product of tremendous tasty plums. Do not be fooled by the golden gown and the sweetness of its vanilla hints if you wish to keep away from a severe hangover the subsequent morning: It’s 42 levels proof.
NEXT ORDER: Wednesday’s stage is a flat and lengthy 203.5-kilometer (126.5-mile) route from Eymet to Pau as riders head in direction of the Pyrenees. One other one for the sprinters earlier than a mountain marathon of greater than 200 kilometers the subsequent day.
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