Biking the Ski Resorts
For my pick to win the stage, I’m going to count on the competitiveness of Sammy Sanchez, who will surely want to replace his second-place finish in 2011 with a stage win in 2015. As for the yellow jersey, I’m going to hope that Tejay Van Garderen has made up some time on the other GC contenders, and that he’s pulling on the Maillot Jaune at the end of the day.
We’re still in Southwestern France so let’s explore another interesting wine region for today’s recommendation. Irouléguy (see photo right) lies at the very border with Spain, in France’s Basque territory. Grapes are the same as before, with Tannat (blended with Cabernet Franc) making sturdy reds and aromatic rosés, and Gros Manseng responsible for the lean and clean whites that are so refreshing. These wines can be tough to find, but similar styles can be found in the Spanish regions of Navarra (rosés are noteworthy) and Txakoli. All that lies between them is a border! Enjoy the day and Vive le Tour!