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Tour de France: Colmar

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I don’t have much to say about today’s Tour de France stage. From Vittel, it went through the Vosges mountains on a rainy day, ending in the Alsatian city of Colmar. The leaders didn’t try to catch the breakaway, from which the German-Australian rider Heinrich Haussler broke away to win. His emotional response served as a reminder of how important these stage victories are to the riders, even if they add little to the competition for the overall prize.

But I can’t let the Tour pass through Colmar without paying tribute to the reason everyone must visit Colmar at least once in their lives: the Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald’s great rendering of the crucifixion. I mentioned it in May in a post on Alsatian pinot blanc. I saw it in February 1983, and I hope to see it again soon, this time with Gail when we go to France in the fall. What you see above is only a part of it, though the principal part, and photos cannot begin to capture its power.

Maybe Haussler checked it out after his win today.

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