Stage 4: Lorient - Mûr-de-Bretagne 172KM
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.
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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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."