Wow! The Tour de France had a fabulous day today, with Filippo Pozzato taking a stage which saw the yellow jersey crash and recover and David Millar take a temporary lead (OK for about three minutes, but it made me happy).
The big story was the Astana team. Big hitters Kloden and Vinokourov both crashed in style. Kloden may not get back, having broken his bottom, which is a major problem on a bike! Vino staged a fabulous comeback with help from six of his team-mates and absolutely no-one else. An oddity in bike racing, which has a bizarre code of good manners which would normally see the peloton letting a faller make his way back after an accident or mechanical mishap 20km out. He managed to get back all but 80 seconds, a fabulous achievement but a massive handicap.
I’d love to toast him with a glass of Kazakh wine. Yes, it exists, and it is made from grapes, despite what you may have heard from Borat. Unfortunately there’s no immediate plans to export it to Europe, but quality is said to be returning to the pre-Soviet level.
All that and they cycled through Chablis. I had a Caves de Chablis 2005 from Majestic ready to watch it with this evening. It was a good value example, fresh, minerally and medium in alcohol. Zippy apples and nectarines with a sherbet edge. At £8 it’s good value, but couldn’t rip my attention away from the lycra!
On a completely random side note I saw two, count them, two Barloworld trucks on the motorway today. I’ve never seen any before in my life, but they must have been out there. Advertising works.