Go to most bars in Belgium, and you'll probably find the ubiquitous Jupiler beer on sale, if not on tap (pressé) then in a bottle. It's Belgium's best-selling beer, a pale lager that has been been brewed since 1966. The Tour Prologue Time Trial follows a 6.4km route around Liège, which is where you will find the Jupiler brewery. Belgium is famous for its huge variety of beers - from lagers to white beers, fruit beers, trappist beers (some dangerously potent!), and even "champagne" beers. The restaurant chain Belgo has made Belgian beer and food popular in the UK for over 20 years now, and we are lucky enough to have a fantastic gastropub nearby in Twickenham: Brouge at The Old Goat specialises in Belgium beers and food (a sort of "mini Belgo"). We're headed there to sample a glass of cold Jupiler (or maybe Leffe) to chat over the Prologue result and what runes it casts for the fortunes of the Classement favourites. We're sure Cadel has relaxed with a cold Jupiler at the end of a hard season of racing, and we hope he can look back on this Tour with a typical big Cadel smile on his face.
|Cadel Evans, 2011 winner|
Brouge at The Old Goat
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