Take your passport — and a nose-clip — for Monday’s Stage three of the Tour de France as a result of it hits three international locations and a area with super-stinky cheese.

Right here is your gastronomic, sporting and cultural information to the 212.5 kilometers (132 miles) between Verviers in Belgium and the end in Longwy, France:

REGION: After Saturday’s opening stage in Germany and Stage 2 that completed in Belgium, the Tour comes dwelling to France, by way of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The bumpy north-south route consists of 5 brief, sharp hills that ought to make for fascinating racing, seemingly breaking apart the peloton into a number of teams.

Contenders for general victory will probably be working too onerous by way of the valleys and hills to care in regards to the sights they will experience by way of or skirt on the best way: the Spa-Francorchamps race monitor that hosts the Components One Belgium Grand Prix, battlefields from the World Battle II “Battle of the Bulge” and landlocked Luxembourg, the world’s solely Grand Duchy and one of many wealthiest international locations on a per-head foundation.

PLAT DU JOUR: For the sweet-toothed, the start-town of Verviers has a chocolate competition — scheduled for October this 12 months. The 2016 version was marked by the creation of what Belgium media stated was a record-breaking chocolate eclair — greater than 600 meters (2,000 ft) lengthy, together with 300 liters (80 gallons) of milk and 120 kilograms (265 kilos) of butter and flour.

For saltier tastes, attempt lefgot, Verviers’ creamy pate sausage.

“It is constituted of pig’s head, liver, spiced bread and dried raisins,” says Anais Goeders, who runs the Goeders Butchery in Verviers along with her husband, Charles-Etienne.

The meats are cooked after which floor right into a paste with the opposite components. The combination is then fed into sausage skins, and the sausages boiled in water. Goeders says the flavour is each candy and salty.

“It is eaten chilly,” normally unfold onto bread, she stated in a cellphone interview. “It is creamy, as a result of it is made with liver.”

“It is normally one thing you’ll eat at noon,” she added. “I would recommend consuming it with a crimson wine.”

For the actually courageous, Herve cheese, constituted of cow’s milk within the northern surrounds of Verviers, rivals the extra well-known Epoisses from France’s Burgundy area for its sharp odor and chew on the tongue.

HISTORY: A number of castles dot the route, together with the 12th century Clervaux chateau that was severely broken through the 1944-1945 Nazi German counter-offensive referred to as the “Battle of the Bulge,” and the Chateau de Wiltz, which was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries. The race passes near Bastogne, the Belgian city the place the commander of besieged U.S. troops within the bitter winter of 1944 replied “Nuts!” when requested to give up by German forces.

VIN DU JOUR: Luxembourg’s wines — principally white — aren’t as world-famous as these from neighboring France however some are well-regarded, together with glowing wines. The primary wine of the season is the “Fiederwaissen,” which interprets as white feather. The brief fermentation produces a fruity, barely acidic beverage that’s solely out there for about two weeks of the 12 months.

STAT OF THE DAY: 11. The variety of riders that the Tour’s medical workforce stated suffered scratches and different accidents in a crash shortly earlier than the end of a moist and slippery stage.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Simply misplaced a little bit of pores and skin.” — three-time Tour champion Chris Froome, one of many riders who went down within the mass crash.

NEXT ORDER: Tuesday’s Stage four begins and finishes in two spa cities, Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg and Vittel in France. The largely flat 207.5-kilometer (129-mile) route, with only one hill of observe, is prone to end with one other bunched dash. However riders searching for particular person glory could also be tempted to go it alone and break free forward of the pack — as Danish rider Nicki Sorensen did the final time the Tour stopped in Vittel in 2009.

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