Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tour Down Under Final Stage Every Sprint

Every sprint!  Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) has won all four flat (or sprint) stages of this year's Tour Down Under!  In fact only two riders have won stages this year Ewan taking the flat ones and the winner of the Tour Richie Porte (BMC) taking to two hill top finishes  Both race with Australian licenses so it was a shut out for the hometown boys  Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished second for the third time  It was Marko Kump (UAE Abu Dhabi) who claimed the third step of the podium in Adelaide and Danny Van Poppel (Sky) just missed out on the prizes on the final stage of the 2017 Tour Down Under

This is the end of my coverage of this event  Be sure to check back during the Spring Classics and Monuments to see what I can capture with pen and brush as the 2017 season unfolds

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Final Stage Doing It Again

I believe that Jack Bauer (Quickstep) will become the new Jens Voigt (of Shut Up Legs fame)  He has gone on a break away attempt in the last three stages eventually becoming the sole rider of whatever group to be going it alone against the peloton  Today with just two laps to go he was off the front again trying to stay away with just nine kilometers left to race  With the final sprint to come and so many sprinters having yet to take a stage I can't see him pulling this off but stranger things have happened  I am sure he will be given the title of most competitive rider for the third straight day and for the entirety of the Tour  Chapeau!

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Final Stage Young Legs

Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha) should wisdom beyond his years ahead of the second intermediate sprint today  With a small group up the road he knew that all of the bonus seconds would go to them and not to his close rivals on the GC so he and a teammate sprinted across the gap to join the escapees  He arrived in time to contest the sprint (which he won) ahead of Johannes Frohlinger (Team Sunweb)  The effort moved him up to tenth overall and ensured that he would claim the White Jersey of best young rider in the 2017 Tour Down Under  Francois Bidard (Ag2r La Mondiale) just watched the pair go (although he got third in the sprint) he was far more interested in making the break away stick  I should note that Restrepo sat up immediately after the sprint and rejoined the peloton - his goal achieved!

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Final Stage I've Got You!

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) had first gone on the attack way too early  He was caught by the peloton before the first intermediate sprint and I feared his bid to claim the King of the Mountains' Polka Dot Jersey were dashed  Instead as the pack approached the Montefiore Hill for the tenth time he pops out being lead by his teammate Adam Hansen  The duo broke clear and De Gendt was able to claim three KOM points thus securing the Polka Dot Jersey as his own for the 2017 Tour Down Under (assuming he is able to finish the stage)

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Final Stage Quite the Pilot FIsh

It was quite a sight to see Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) leading out his young teammate Jay McCarthy at the first of two intermediate sprints on the streets of downtown Adelaide  Sagan's superb lead out enabled McCarthy to claim the three second bonus and the virtual third place in the Tour   Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took third on the stage bascially making sure that he didn't lose too many points to Sagan in the sprint competition not that his jersey is in any danger

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Final Stage Leaving Nothing to Chance

Richie Porte (BMC) had done everything he needed to do to win the Tour Down Under in yesterday's stage but he could still lose it today  So his team kept him on the front of the peloton all day mainly being shepherded by this teammate Francisco Ventoso  While Porte's lead was unsurmountable those further down on the podium were separated by just seconds  That is why Gregor Muhlberger (Bora Hansgrohe) and his teammate Lukas Postleberger were chasing the two escapees up the road  With a three second time bonus on offer at the first intermediate sprint their man Jay McCarthy could jump into third overall

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Final Stage There Is Work to Be Done

The final stage of the Tour Down Under was a relatively short circuit race through the downtown streets of Adelaide  The course feature a small climb that would figure two times in the King of the Mountains competition and two intermediate sprints that included bonus seconds for overall General Classification  The course was just a quick four and a half kilometers giving every rider a chance to become very familiar with every hill turn and bump in the road  With just one lap covered Gianluca Brambilla (Quickstep) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) went off the front  De Gendt may have been staying off the front until the tenth lap to pick up maximum KOM points to win the Polka Dot Jersey outright but that is a pick task

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tour Down Under Stage 5 Leaving Them All Behind

Richie Porte (BMC) did what he has done three time previously on Willunga Hill, he rode absolutely everyone off of his wheel.  The difference for Porte today was that he was already in the Ochre Jersey of race leader.  His fourth victory on the top of Willunga Hill all but guarantees his overall victory.  In addition he keeps himself even on KOM points with Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).  Behind Porte and fading rather quickly are Sergio Henao (Sky), Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and Rafael Valls (Lotto Soudal), none of whom could hold the wheel of the very motivated leader of BMC.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Stage 5 Racing to the Bottom

Yet again the peloton caught the break with less than six kilometers left to race   Now it was time to fly to the bottom of Willunga Hill in hopes that one's respective team leader would be able to grab victory at the summit  Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) looks back over his shoulder to see how his teammate Damien Howson and the rest of the "Orica boys" were doing   Ready to take over the pace making duties is Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)  Try as the two teams might they were unable to split apart the peloton as they crossed the flat lands before the final ascent

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This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour Down Under Stage 5: Full Speed

The now three member strong break away heads back down the back side of Willunga Hill reaching speeds of over 90 kilometers per hour, Will Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) was dropped on the way up.  It is Jack Bauer (Quickstep) in the rather dangerous aero tuck who is leading the virtual King of the Mountains, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Jeremy Maison (FDJ) down into the McLaren Vale before turning left to head back up Willunga Hill for the final big ascent of the 2017 Tour Down Under.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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