Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 20: Megève — Morzine-Avoriaz

Everything that is not yet decided, will be decided today. Tomorrow’s stage is a parade, and the sprinters’ fight for a stage win on  Champs Éllysées. Chris Froome has already won the general classification, if he avoids serious accidents. Four minutes should be enough. No one can take the green jersey away for Peter Sagan. He only have to get to the finish line i Paris. Rafal Majka seems to have a solid grip on the polka dot jersey, but I have not calculated if there is a theoretical chance that other riders can win it, given that Rafa Majka hang on to ghe finish in Paris. Louis Meintjes gained a half minute on Adam Yates in the competition for the white young riders jersey. Adam Yates’ two minutes lead is not a safe lead. It is the white jersey, and the two podium places after Chris Froome that are in play on today’s stage. There is only three and a half minute from no 2 t no 10 in the general classification. The fight for a place on the podium, may be hard, and is still rather open.

Yesterday it was drama, with many crashes and several riders that had to abandon because of injuries. Today we can have more of the same. The stage is about the same length as yesterday, with about as much up and down. One important difference is that today’s stage has a finish after the decent down from the last mountain, not a mountain top finish. The weather forcast says that the weather conditions will be more or less the same as yesterday. If the roads are wet and slippery, and there is a podium finish at stake, the last descent may be dangerous.

TdF2016_20We are in the same area as yesterday, and it has not changed very much since yesterday. It is still not a wine region. But as I have said a few times: Sometimes we find wine down in the valleys.

When the riders come down in the valley after the descent from the first first category top, and as the start the climb up to the next, they are in Côte d’Arve. Arve is the river that flows through the valley, and out in Lake Geneva a bit east of Geneva.

Côte d’Arve is a south-facing slope that gets a lot of sun exposure, which makes it possible to produce wine. They mainly produce sparkling wine frome the local grape Gringet, togehter with la mondeuse blanche, la grosse roussette and le bon blanc.The best district is Ayze. The map of the stage does not have enough detalis, som I cannot figure out if the stage goes through Ayze or not. But at least, it is not fra from. The sparkling wine produced here is ofte called champagne savoyard”, but the producers are of course not allowed to use this designation. They also produce some still, white wine. But as for most other places in Savoie: The production is small, and the wine is hard to find.

Tomorrow it is the final in Paris.

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