DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Thought meals in Germany was all meat, sausage and potatoes? Assume once more. The beginning level of the Tour de France, Duesseldorf, has the dishes you’d anticipate. But it surely additionally has others you would not.

Right here is your gastronomic, sporting and cultural information to Stage 1 on Saturday:

REGION: It is the fourth time the Tour is beginning in Germany. Stage 1 is a 14-kilometer (eight.7-mile) particular person time trial that appears tailored for German rider Tony Martin to seize the yellow jersey in entrance of his residence followers. The course alongside the Rhine is as flat as a pancake.

Which leads us to meals …

PLAT DU JOUR: Duesseldorfers name their native dish “Himmel un Aad (Heaven and Earth).” It is blood sausage, fried onions and mashed potatoes combined with stewed apples. The identify comes from two of the primary components: Apples (from the sky) and potatoes (from the bottom).

“Dusseldorfer mostert,” a mustard that rivals the Dijon selection for its candy and bitter taste, is one other culinary characteristic right here. Historically served in a small pot known as a “Mostertpoettche,” it was immortalized in a nonetheless life by Vincent van Gogh in 1884.

However the true shock is the Japanese eating places — catering to the third-largest Japanese inhabitants of any European metropolis (so says the Duesseldorf vacationer board). Japanese industries based mostly themselves right here due to the town’s central European location. Contemporary noodles, high quality sushi, delicate dumplings and extra.

CULTURE: The time trial route passes by the famend Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. Motto: “For our college students solely the perfect.” Artists and photographers who skilled there embrace Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Ruth Rogers-Altmann, Sigmar Polke, Anselm Kiefer, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Demand.

VIN DU JOUR: Duesseldorf is healthier identified for its beers than its wines, particularly ‘Altbier,’ which interprets as ‘outdated beer.’ The identify refers back to the pre-lager brewing technique of utilizing a heat top-fermenting yeast like British pale ales. 4 pub-breweries in Duesseldorf’s outdated city or “Altstadt” make the darkish, copper-colored Altbier on website: Fuechschen, Schluessel, Uerige and Kuerzer.

HISTORY: The final time the Tour began from Germany was in 1987, in West Berlin. Stephen Roche gained that yr, changing into the primary — and nonetheless solely — Irish champion.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We should not add worry to worry” — Tour director Christian Prudhomme, explaining why he is not fretting in regards to the danger of a terror assault on the race.

NEXT ORDER: Sunday’s Stage 2 is a principally flat 203.5 kilometers (126 miles) from Duesseldorf to Liege, Belgium, that ought to arrange properly for sprinters. A fourth-category climb about 20 kilometers (12 miles) earlier than the conclusion possible will not stop a mass end.

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