Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stage 21: To Paris They Go

Where are we? Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées

Specialities in Essonne: Méréville cress, Gâtinais honey, Milly-la-Forêt peppermint

The stage: Christian Prudhomme's comment
It'll be time for facts and figures. First of all time to check the number of riders who will enter the world of Giants of the road. Time to count the seconds or minutes separating the best on the final podium. But the finish on the Champs-Élysées is also a territory for sprinters. The British and the Germans have reigned there without sharing these last few years. Will they finally meet a worthy enough rival?
Live:  Time for a parade.

Hey, a marriage proposal:


Rain, which will mean a slick finish. Speaking of, I'm hoping for Greipel, as he hasn't won a stage so far this Tour. 

Barguil flat and some stress as he chased back, but things were essentially going to plan. It had even stopped raining!
Ten kilometers to go and it was all together. 
Stybar with a little trip off the front, as the sprint teams set up. 



1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 2:25:39
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
6 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
7 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
8 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
9 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team

Final GC:
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
2Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:54 
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:20 
4Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:02:21 
5Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:05 
6Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors0:04:42 
7Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:06:14 
8Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:08:20 
9Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:08:49 
10Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb0:09:25

Wine: Pouillon Solera Champagne Brut Premier Cru NV
From Copake Wine
From an importer
The Pouillon family has been growing grapes in the region for over a century, but it wasn’t until 1947 when Fabrice’s grandfather, Roger Pouillon, decided to produce wine from his holdings along with the help of his wife, Bernedette, and his uncle, Louis Baulant, a well-known winemaker and consultant in the region.  The estate continued to grow over succeeding decades as grape contracts expired allowing the family terroirs to be reincorporated into the Pouillon estate.  James Pouillon, Fabrice’s father, joined the firm in 1964 and modernized the cellar by adding enamel-lined tanks and gyropalletes.  Fabrice joined his father in 1998 after finishing degrees in both business and oenology school, and he has taken the winery in an exciting new direction. Working in the grand cru of Aÿ and throughout the Vallée de la Marne and the Montagne de Reims, Fabrice is crafting articulate, expressive, terroir-driven wines that are vibrantly aromatic and intricate on the palate.
The idea of this cuvée is to erase the influence of vintage and focus solely on terroir. It is 50% each chardonnay and pinot noir and all from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Every year, 30% is racked off for secondary fermentation; it is aged sur latte prior to disgorgement at which point 30% new wine is added. Up until the 2010 vintage was added, the entire Solera was in steal; since this time it is all in oak wiht full malolactic. Wisteria, blueberry, a hint of bitter chocolate and a lemony brightness. This is 1997-2010 with 5 grams MCR.

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