Day Ends at the “Wall of Brittany”
By the fifth day, the riders will be farther north in Brittany, famed for its scrumptious galettes and crepes. By the way, take note that Brittany and Burgundy are completely different areas! The former is on the peninsula that juts out from the northwest part of France. The location explains why Brittany has such delicious oysters and mussels.
Burgundy, meanwhile, is situated farther inland, southeast of Paris. This is wine country, where the product is stored in bottles with gently curving contours below the neck. Muscadet, a white wine from Brittany, is also stored in a similarly shaped bottle.
Here, Stage 6 runs for 181 km. It’s a route featuring several severe ups and downs with very steep climbs. The riders will finally reach the goal after a two-kilometer climb up the final slope leading to Mûr-de-Bretagne, a town whose name means “Wall of Brittany.” Photos clearly indicate a grueling climb up a straight road. The ascent up a winding mountain road with blind corners seems quite challenging, but it must be disheartening to look up and see an endless uphill climb on the road ahead.
Even so, at this point the route has not yet reached a high mountain course, as Stage 6 is classified merely as a medium mountain stage. The difficulty is only Category 3, on the low end of the scale. Later, far more extreme inclines await through the Alps, the Massif Central, and then the Pyrenees. These later stages include Category 2 and 1 sections, plus others that go off the scale.
Hopefully the riders can indulge in Brittany’s tasty culinary offerings as they burn 8,000 kcal a day!