FOIX, France (AP) — After two onerous days of intense racing within the Pyrenees, Tour de France riders who wanted a break will probably be disenchanted.
The stage on Saturday doesn’t happen in altitude however incorporates a tough finale onerous sufficient to make legs endure. The silver lining to that’s riders will not be pressured to eat sheep intestines, the native specialty within the Aveyron district.
This is a sporting, gastronomic and cultural information to the 181-5 kilometer (113-mile) stage from Blagnac to Rodez:
BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: After two climbs within the last 60 kilometers, the punchy end is prone to favor breakaway riders who can climb over quick distance.
The end line is atop the Cote de Saint-Pierre, a 570-meter sharp ascent with a mean gradient of 9.6 %.
The peloton will begin the day in Blagnac, dwelling of plane maker Airbus. Rodez is known for its museum devoted to painter Pierre Soulages.
PLAT DU JOUR: When you can swallow your worry, you possibly can swallow Tripoux, too. Product of sheep or veal’s abdomen and filled with ham, garlic, parsley and veal tripe, this native delicacy is eaten all day lengthy … and all over the place: A mountain-climber from Rodez as soon as celebrated his trek to one of many Himalayas’ peaks by treating himself with a field of tripoux on the summit.
As soon as the sheep’s abdomen has been lower in strips and the stuffing rolled up inside, tripoux are cooked in veal inventory aromatized with wine.
HISTORY: The house of French and European aeronautical business, Blagnac was the location of the primary Concorde flight in 1969. Three years later, the primary Airbus took off from the identical hub within the outskirts of Toulouse.
CULTURE: Pierre Soulages, Rodez’s most well-known painter, has a museum devoted to his work in his hometown. Soulages is especially identified for his black summary work. The artist and his spouse have made a donation of about 500 work displayed within the everlasting exhibition.
VIN DU JOUR: Entraygues Le Fel. This appellation for purple, white and rose wines cultivated on rocky soils and terraces is made alongside the banks of the Lot river, north of Rodez. The whites are very best throughout summer time with their floral and stony mineral flavors.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Two months in the past I used to be mendacity on a mattress in hospital, I couldn’t stroll.” — Stage 13 winner Warren Barguil, who suffered a slight fracture to his pelvis in April throughout the Tour de Romandie.
STAT OF THE DAY: 6.eight — in kilograms, the minimal weight of a Tour de France bike.
DESSERT: Near a genoise sponge cake with powder sugar on high, the massepain aveyronnais is finest loved with a custard cream. It is a basic within the space and locals move the recipe from one technology to a different.
NEXT ORDER: Stage 15 on Sunday from Laissac-Severac L’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay in Massif Central is a spectacular 189.5-kilometer (118-mile) experience via Aubrac on a rolling terrain with fixed up and downs. 4 climbs are on the riders’ menu and the remainder day on Monday will probably be very a lot welcomed.
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