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Taste of the Tour: Bresse chicken and diots sausages

July 17, 2016

CULOZ, France (AP) — A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday:

REGION: The 160-kilometer (99-mile) leg began in Bourg-en-Bresse in the Ain department and took the peloton over six climbs in the Jura mountains, including the beyond-category Grand Colombier, to Culoz.

BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Colombian rider Jarlinson Pantano won the brutal stage through the Jura mountains after a long breakaway, outsprinting Polish rider Rafal Majka in a sprint finish. On a day featuring hardly any flat stretches, there were plenty of attacks but only a few skirmishes between the main contenders. Race leader Chris Froome finished slightly more than three minutes behind in a group including most of the other main contenders and kept the yellow jersey.

PLAT DU JOUR: Bresse chicken. Often considered the finest poultry in the world, Bresse chicken is the only chicken to be protected, like a famous wine, by a special seal of approval called Apellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC). The distinctive Bresse chickens have white feathers, blue legs and a red crest. Best cooked in a simple roast with salt and pepper to highlight its intense flavor and exceptionally tender meat.

LA SPECIALITE: Once in the Jura mountains, where evenings can be cold even in summer, keep it simple with a plate of diots sausages cooked in a Gamay red wine sauce and veal stock. Pure sustenance.

VIN DU JOUR: Bugey Manicle. This refreshing white from the Jura Range is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes grown on the slopes of mountains. It’s dry, powerful, and full-bodied.

CULTURE: Lake Bourget, located south of Culoz, is one of the largest lakes in France, and has been the subject of descriptions by literary greats Honore de Balzac and Alexandre Dumas. The largest town on its shores is Aix-les-Bains.

STAT OF THE DAY: 5. Assuming he starts Monday, Chris Froome will move into a tie for all-time fifth place for the number of yellow jerseys worn — 38 — with 1931 and 1934 Tour winner Antonin Magne.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hola presidente.” Stage winner Jarlinson Pantano after being handed an audio connection to Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

NEXT ORDER: Stage 16 on Monday follows a rolling 209-kilometer (130-mile) route from Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern, Switzerland.

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