So Mark Cavendish has gone home to rest up ahead of the Olympics, but the Tour goes on, and the new format seems to be keeping things interesting. Today’s winner was Cyril Dessel, a French AG2R rider. He used to race for Jelly Belly – I could ride for them.
Time for a French wine. We had a Pouilly Fume ‘Les Champlins’ 2006 from Oddbins. I’ve cycled through Pouilly sur Loire, it’s pretty flat, not like today’s stage. 2006 was wet. Very wet. You can just see my panniers wearing their little raincoats outside the Chateau in the centre of town.
The ‘Les Champlins’ is pretty good despite the rain. It’s steely in that mineral way that the Loire has perfected, with some lemon and lime balanced by a weird but good honeyed apricot kinda thing going on. At 12% alcohol it’s easy drinking stuff. At about £7.50 it’s a reasonable price for this appellation.