Taste of the Tour: Fera du Lac Leman and Savoie white wine

MORZINE, France (AP) " A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 20 of the Tour de France on Saturday:

REGION: The final stage in the Alps " before the mostly ceremonial finale on the Champs-Elysees " followed a 146.5 (91-mile) route over four climbs from Megeve to Morzine in the departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: Chris Froome kept his lead intact during the final day of climbing and was poised to secure his third Tour de France title in four years. Spanish rider Jon Izagirre won the rainy penultimate stage by attacking on the slippery descent from the Col de Joux Plane into Morzine. Froome crossed safely with the other leaders and maintained his advantage of more than four minutes ahead of French rider Romain Bardet.

PLAT DU JOUR: Fera du Lac Leman. This prized whitefish named for Lake Geneva (Lac Leman in French) has firm but delicate flesh and can be sauteed rapidly and simply in a butter and wine sauce. There are three Michelin-starred restaurants in Megeve to sample it at.

CULTURE: For 20 years, the Avoriaz sci-fi and horror film festival awarded its biggest prize to the likes of Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, James Cameron or David Cronenberg. It was known as the "Cannes festival of the mountains," attracting big movie stars in a glamorous and festive atmosphere.

It became the second largest film event in France before relocating to Gerardmer in 1994.

VIN DU JOUR: One of the best crus of the Vin de Savoie, Chignin-Bergeron is made with Roussane grapes " also known as Bergeron in the region " grown on clay and limestone soils. This white wine with buttery characteristics, and floral and apricot flavors, ages well. It's ideal with river fish.

HISTORY: Although Nairo Quintana was not able to turn things around in Morzine, Colombian riders have a long tradition of winning in the ski resort. In 1985, Lucho Herrera claimed a stage victory in the nearby town of Avoriaz and Fabio Parra secured a podium finish at the Tour three years later after winning in Morzine. In 2012, Quintana came to prominence with a stage win in Morzine during the Criterium du Dauphine, the Tour's traditional warm-up race.

STAT OF THE DAY: 3. Barring a crash in Sunday's stage, Bardet will become only the third Frenchman to finish runner-up at the Tour in 20 years, after Jean-Christophe Peraud in 2014 and Richard Virenque in 1997.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Team Sky is so powerful, they are like Paris Saint-Germain in the French League. They are so much stronger than the others." " Tour director Christian Prudhomme, reflecting on Froome's team superiority.

DESSERT: Apples and pears. The Savoie region is filled with orchards producing delicious fruits grown on fertile soils rich in water and minerals.

NEXT ORDER: Sunday's final stage takes the peloton from the Chateau de Chantilly to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. A mass sprint is expected on the Champs-Elysees.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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