Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tour De Brew - Stage 4

Garmin-Cervelo's Tyler Farrar won stage three of the Tour
de France to become the first American in the race's history to win on Independence Day. Pre stage favourite Mark Cavendish looked good until the final bend where we was
forced wide following a fall by Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) and eventually finished fifth.
The expected wind didn't effect the
peleton any where near a bad as what was expected, and the breakaway was again caught before the final group sprint.
Cadel maintained 3rd spot in the GC, with Matt Goss only a further 5 seconds back.

Stage 4
: Lorient - Mûr-de-Bretagne

Although of average length, this run into central Brittany could cause a surprise as the roads in the region are notoriously heavy, meandering and lumpy. That could mean splits in the bunch. More likely, though, are splits among the leaders on the 2km climb to the finish, which will be undertaken at extremely high speed. Once again, puncheurs like Gilbert and FDJ's Pierrick Fédrigo will in their element while the specialist sprinters will struggle. If HTC can hold a good position to the bottom of the climb, expect Matt Goss to challenge for the stage win in his first TDF, coming off his best season as a professional. Skys' Geraint Thomas shouldnt be discounted either.

Stage 4 Profile

Beer for the stage: Murrays Craft Brewing Nirvana Pale Ale.

They say it best


Recently recognised as one of Australia's best beers, our flagship beer, Murray's Nirvana Pale Ale, is our idea of beer heaven. A hybrid of an American Pale Ale, combined with the classic English Pale Ale, the beer is a brilliant light-golden colour. Murray's Nirvana Pale Ale has a full-bodied finish and complex character. The beer's fresh citrusy/spicy aroma and flavour is strongly influenced by generous use of New Zealand-grown Cascade and Hallertau hops. This is well balanced with biscuity/toffee flavours from selected caramalts."

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Murrays staffer Adrian Leggett

Bière locale: There are two breweries en route for this stage. Brasserie Coreff, who produce an Amber, Blonde,


Stout and a curiously titled "Bio", which as far as my kindergarten French can determine, its an ..."

organic beer, through the association "of the land to beer", allows a correct appreciation of British organic disseminating its products throughout France."
Brasserie Celtik, about 20km form stage end, produce a Witbier, Amber and Blonde, although without a website, they're not really enlightening anyone as to the beers.

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