Image of the day: Stage 20

Who better to hit the slopes of the final climb out in front on his own than Jens Voigt? We all knew he was never going to hold on for the win, but the oldest man in the peloton – he turns 42 in mid-September – remains one of the youngest at heart as he commanded his legs to shut up for perhaps the last time ever at the Tour. The day’s combativity prize was a given – maybe one day someone will recognise his career with a Lifetime Combativity Award?

Image: Presse Sports

Image: Presse Sports

TdF stage 20: Quintana crowned King of the Mountains

Stage 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km

Nairo Quintana recorded his first Tour de France stage win as he danced his way to the top of the ski resort of Semnoz, earning the right to declare himself King of the Mountains. He’ll have snazzy red polka dots stuck onto his white young rider’s jersey in Paris tomorrow, while Chris Froome is now only a leisurely 133.5km away from winning overall.

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The Musette: Coconut financieres

When I make  crème anglais (custard), ice cream and lemon curd, I have a lot of leftover egg whites. But I don’t throw these away Instead I store or freeze them to use later in meringues, buttercream, angel food cake, pavlova, mousse, nougat, marshmallow and financieres. The Tour de France concludes tomorrow in Paris which is where financieres were created in the late 1800s by a bakery near the Paris Bourse, the city’s financial hub. Continue reading