Friday, July 15, 2011

Tour De Brew - Stage 13

SBS's Anthony Tan summarised the 12th stage very well "We still don’t know who’s going to win the Tour de France but we do have a better idea of who’s in contention".

Another early break, another couple of stacks, some inspired riding from individuals and the GC guys sizing each other up, thats about stage 12. Frank Schleck looked significantly stronger than brother Andy, Ivan Basso snuck under the radar, Voekler found some guts, Evans countered when required and Contador showed that he's not in the form of the previous few tours. Voekler will retain the yellow jersey, but for how much longer? I'd suggest not too much.


Stage 13: Pau - Lourdes 156KM

Stage 13 profile

Although the home riders will have been motivated to show themselves on the Bastille Day stage to Luz-Ardiden, today's run between Pau and Lourdes appears to suit them better. Not only is there no summit finish on this Pyrenean day, but it only features the climb of the Aubisque.

Although a Tour classic, its summit is 50km from the finish. Add all that together and the Tour's leading performers are sure to keep their powder dry, which should give French riders the opportunity they need. Fédrigo has won twice on stages like this while Voeckler has impressed too.

Vin Denson says... "Aubisque is huge but far from the finish. I don't see the winner being a yellow jersey contender. Someone who had deliberately put themselves out of contention, maybe one of the Spanish climbers, will want to smash it open early on”


Beer for the stage: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. A cracker for the mountains.

Bière locale: Brasserie BASABÜRÜA in the small village of Licq-Atherey, about 30km from the route, produce an amber, blonde and white ale. Shocking website, probably best to drop by if your in the area and make your mind up for yourself.



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