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In 2010, the next-to-last stage of the fabled Tour de France will take place in the Medoc area of France’s Bordeaux wine region. If you follow the race on TV or online, expect to see plenty of grapevines.
Next July 24, a key stage of the race will involve a 51-kilometer stretch from the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux to Pauillac along the Route des Chateaux.
The Medoc wine appellation is situated north of the city of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Gironde. It’s divided into two sections — the Haut-Medoc, close to the city, and a more northern part traditionally called, simply, the Medoc.
This is red wine country, of course, and the wines typically are more elegant and delicate than those labeled “Bordeaux.”
According to a local spokesperson, the area should be able to handle upwards of 100,000 visitors during the Tour de France.