Taste of the Tour: Carn d'Andorra and Blanquette de Limoux
REVEL, France (AP) A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 10 of the Tour de France on Tuesday:
Region: Starting in Escaldes-Engordany in the principality of Andorra, the route crossed back into France at the top of the Port d'Envalira, the highest road in the Pyrenees at 2,408 meters (7,900 feet) and the highest point in this Tour. The stage concluded in Revel in the Haute-Garonne department in southern France.
Baguette and butter: Michael Matthews profited from the work of his teammates to win the stage in a sprint finish after a long breakaway. The Australian edged world champion Peter Sagan and Edvald Boasson Hagen to claim his first career stage win at the Tour. Finishing nearly 10 minutes behind in the main peloton, Chris Froome's overall lead remained unchanged.
Plat du jour: Carn d'Andorra IGP. Before leaving Andorra, it's worth trying a traditional entrecote steak made with the local meat, Carn d'Andorra IGP, which has a special seal that guarantees its local origin. Tender, almost sugary, and full of flavor, the meat requires hardly any seasoning and can be eaten extremely rare. Skip the tempting fried potatoes and pair it with roasted local vegetables.
Culture: Revel is known for its art of furniture making. In 1888, master cabinetmaker Alexandre Monoury left the workshops of Versailles and settled in Revel. Under Monoury's influence, a series of furniture workshops were set up in Revel, some of which are still functioning today crafting intricate chairs, tables, and other works from cherry, oak, rosewood and lemon wood.
Vin du jour: Blanquette de Limoux, a sparkling white from the town of Limoux near the stage route. The first sparkling wine produced in France, long before Champagne, Blanquette is known throughout the country for its rustic aromas of fresh-cut grass and apple-peel flavors reminiscent of apple cider.
History: Dug in the 17th century, the Canal du Midi is part of a 360-kilometer (224-mile) network of waterways linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Originally built to aid the wheat trade, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. ''The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art,'' UNESCO's website says of the canal.
Stat of the Day: 1:01. The gap between 10th-placed Alejandro Valverde and overall leader Chris Froome. It's the smallest margin between the first and 10th-placed riders following the first rest day in the history of the Tour.
Quote of the Day: ''Yesterday with my wife we had a good talk and she really motivated me to keep pushing. I dedicate this victory to my wife and my dog.'' Stage-winner Matthews, whose Tour history had hitherto been linked to crashes.
Dessert: Poumpet (pronounced poom-PET) is a flaky, rectangular pastry from the Tarn region made with lemon zest and topped with powdered sugar.
Next order: Stage 11 on Wednesday is a mostly flat 162.5-kilometer (101-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Montpellier near the Mediterranean coast.