Where are we: Saint-Vincent - Sestriere 196 KM - High Mountain
Saint-Vincent is a town in the Aosta Valley region of north-western Italy. Saint-Vincent, elevation 575 metres (1,886 ft), is a popular summer holiday resort with mineral springs (recommended for liver and stomach disorders).
Sestriere is an alpine village in Italy in the Province of Turin. It is situated in Val Susa, 17 km (11 mi) from the French border. Its name derives from Latin: ad petram sistrariam, that is at sixty Roman miles from Turin.
The stage: Cima Coppi (the highest point in the race) day!
The break of the day was not getting a lot of time today:
71 km to go: Bérard, Bandiera, Boem, Saramotins, Ulissi, Izagirre, Berlato, Busato, Zakarin --- >1'55'' Gruppo Maglia Rosa #giro— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 30, 2015
What they have ahead:
#giro stage 20, after 151km: Colle delle Finestre: 9,2% average, 18,5km long, last 9km on dirt road! Promises to be spectacular!— Trek Factory Racing (@TrekFactory) May 30, 2015
That small gap would continue to drop and with forty six kilometers to go, it was under one minute.
40 km to go: 🚴 Zakarin ------> 47'' 🚴 Pirazzi ------> 1'28'' Gruppo Maglia Rosa 🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴🚴 #giro— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 30, 2015
Thirty seven kilometers to go and Kangert attacked the main group,. That group shrunk quickly.
33 km to go. Zakarin ---- > 1'22'' Gruppo Maglia Rosa: Hesjedal, Contador, Aru, Landa, Kruijswijk, Uran, Kangert. #giro— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 30, 2015
Thirty two kilometers to go and an attack from Landa. Contador chased, but could not hold that pace. Next off: Hesjedal, but he would quickly be caught by Contador, Uran, Aru , Kangert and Kruijswijk.
30 km to go. Zakarin ----> 22' Landa ----> 1'03'' Hesjedal, Contador, Aru, Uran, Kruijswijk, Kangert #giro— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 30, 2015
Behind, another attack from Hesjedal. That group would split, with Contador isolated as the others surged forward. 28.5 kilometers to go and Landa would catch Zakarin. Landa would cross the Cima Coppi first. Behind, Contador looked to be struggling.
Seventeen kilometers to go and Landa and Zakarin had 47 seconds on the chasers and 1:33 on Contador.
Kangert and Contador together. 11.8km to go. 46” to the Uran/Aru/Hesjedal group for Landa and Zakarin. 1’34” to maglia rosa group. #Giro— Etixx - Quick-Step (@Etixx_QuickStep) May 30, 2015
Ahead, Landa appeared to sit up and wait for the group behind. That group would catch Landa and Zakarin. Interesting team tactics.
Six kilometers to go and that lead group had a minute over Contador behind. Zakarin would have a chain issue and was dropped from that lead group. Two kilometers to go and Aru attacked. Uran followed, but he could not hold the wheel. Aru would ride away for victory on the stage. Next in Hesjedal followed by Uran and Landa. Contador came in 2:24 down on Aru.
Wine: Cappellano Barolo Chinato
From the importer:
The four hectares of vineyards owned by the Cappellano family are principally in Serralunga d’Alba and are supplemented by a small parcel in the neighboring village of Novello from which Cappellano produces his Nebiolo d’Alba. The vineyards in Serralunga are situated in the Gabutti cru which is on the western slopes of Serralunga at approximately 300 meters altitude. The land is farmed according to organic principles and the production of the wine is accomplished following the credo of “Vini Veri”: indigenous yeasts are relied upon, the use of sulfur is strictly limited, vinification is traditional (long fermentation, extended aging in large, old botte) and the wine is not filtered prior to bottling. The Barolo Chinato is produced by following the family recipe handed down generation to generation. The “medicinal” herbs and spices are ground using a stone mortar and pestle. Both the recipe and the process are family secrets.
I say: Wine with quinine bark, herbs and spices. You can drink it as an apertif or digestive or anything in between. It can also be used in cocktails. More here and here. Chocolate, flowers, orange, cherry.
Grissini because doesn't everyone love a breadstick?
I used the recipe here from Thekitchn.
It is simple enough to follow and you can add herbs and spices to your own preference.