PAU, France (AP) — It is a disgrace that Tour de France riders might be too busy pedaling for a restaurant cease on Thursday.
As a result of within the Pyrenees, as they scale mountain climbs steep sufficient to make all of them hungry, they will be racing via the land of considered one of France’s heartiest stews.
With beans, greens and meats, garbure is so extremely regarded that it even has its personal world championship — “La Garburade.” The occasion has been held each September since 1993 within the Pyrenean city of Oloron Sainte-Marie, southwest of Pau — the beginning of Thursday’s Stage 12.
Admittedly, it is exhausting to eat such a dish within the saddle. After a giant breakfast, the riders will as an alternative keep fueled with vitality gels, bars and drinks as they scale a succession of climbs, ending with a brief however sharp uphill end that might tempt general race chief Chris Froome and his rivals to attempt to go away one another behind.
Here’s a sporting, gastronomic and cultural information to the 214.5 kilometers (133 miles) between Pau, birthplace of 16th-century French King Henri IV, and the Peyragudes ski station — the situation for opening scenes of the 1997 James Bond journey “Tomorrow By no means Dies” and likewise used for daredevil skateboard racing .
BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Of the six notable climbs on Stage 12, three are exhausting sufficient to warrant the highest two problem scores — Class 1 and “hors categorie,” that means past ranking. The size of the stage and the buildup of climbs will mix to exhaust riders by the point they attain the foot of the uphill end — 2.four kilometers (1.2 miles) with a mean Eight-percent gradient to an altitude of 1,580 meters (5,200 toes).
PLAT DU JOUR: Garbure. This centuries-old mainstay stew of Pyrenean farmers derives its identify from the Latin phrase for “a bunch,” referring to the assorted greens — cabbage, beans, leeks, turnips, carrots, onions, potatoes — that go into it. Confit duck, lard rubbed with garlic and confit ham are added, relying on the recipe. It’s historically served with rye bread.
VIN DU JOUR: Intense Madiran reds, from a area comprising 37 villages north of Pau, are made with the uncommon, blue-black tannat grapes. Their identify derives from the phrase for “tanned” in Occitan, a language spoken within the south of France. To get the Madiran label, at the least half of the grapes that go into the wine should be of the tannat selection.
HISTORY: Stage 12 passes via the city of Tarbes, the place British forces led by the Duke of Wellington gained a battle towards French troops in 1814, and heads north of the pilgrimage website of Lourdes, the place Roman Catholic custom holds that the Virgin Mary appeared earlier than 14-year-old lady, Bernadette Soubirous, in 1858.
STAT OF THE DAY: 5. The variety of levels gained at this Tour by German sprinter Marcel Kittel, who gained once more Wednesday on Stage 11.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Fairly savage” — Froome, describing the steepness of the stage end on the Peyragudes’ airstrip that, in “Tomorrow By no means Dies,” was reworked into an arms bazaar.
FROMAGE: The spherical ‘Tommes des Pyrenees’ is a supple, pressed cheese from pasteurized cow’s milk. For extra pungent taste, attempt rounds created from ewe’s milk.
NEXT ORDER: At simply 101 kilometers (63 miles), Stage 13 from Saint-Girons to Foix via the Pyrenees is the shortest of this Tour, barring the 2 time trials. However it consists of three Class 1 climbs. The combo of climbs and brevity may make for some livid racing, with riders presumably attacking from the beginning.
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