Friday, July 20, 2018

Tour, Stage 13: Making It Three

Just because some of the marquee sprinters have been eliminated from the Tour, doesn't mean there wasn't an exciting sprint in Valence.  Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) came from seemingly no where to claim his third stage in this Tour.  He has now tied his best record thus far.  With two more sprint stages to go, who knows...  Sagan just got around Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and it was Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).  Demare had opened the sprint, Kristoff closed, and Sagan came last (but first) to the party.  There probably wasn't a half of a bike length between them.  Will Sagan break his own record for total points acquired in the Maillot Vert competition?

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190744-73-251072/PaintingMaking-It-Three--T18-72.html

Tour, Stage 13: Where's Peter?

As they rode under the three kilometers to go banner, Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe) look back over his shoulder for his sprinter, Peter Sagan.  All he could see was the Trek-Segafredo train being lead by the former King of the Mountians, Toms Skujins.  Behind were the Maillot Jaune, riders from EF Education First, but Sagan was no where to be seen.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190731-72-251072/PaintingWhere's-Peter?-T18-71.html

Tour, Stage 13: Pressing on Alone

With the peloton breathing down the neck of the break away, Michael Schar (BMC) decided to press on alone.  He has the pedigree to time trial away from the peloton, but 24 kilometers is a long way to hold off an re-invigorated peloton.  I realized as I was posting this image, that the motorcycle passing Schar was the same one that was photographing the break in the previous painting.  With just about 30 seconds between Schar and the peloton the referees were clearing out all of the vehicles between them so as not to give the chasers an unfair advantage in closing to the leader.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190725-71-251072/PaintingPressing-on-Alone--T18-70.html

Tour, Stage 13: Against Hope

The title may be a bit extreme, but these four guys have little hope of succeeding today.  While Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) has pulled of a break away win in the Tour before, the sprinters still left in the race are going to want to seize one of their last opportunities before the Champs Elysees.  In fact this foursome, that also includes, Tom Scully (EF Education First), Michael Schar (BMC) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis).  You can see one of the press photographers getting some images of the race from the back of a motorcycle. 

I talk more about press motorcycles, creating this painting, and the race thus far in this You Tube video. I am sharing my thoughts on the race as I create a watercolor from each stage as the race progresses.  Please subscribe to the channel to catch every painting from every stage.


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tour, Stage 12: On Top of the World

While it was Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) who went first, it was Geraint Thomas (Sky) who took the stage win.  Thomas takes his second stage win and increases his lead over his teammate and team captain Chris Froome.  Froome was fourth on the day with Bardet holding on for third.  For the second day in a row Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) took second on a mountain top finish.  The Dutchman got two more real seconds on Froome and another six bonus seconds.  However, Team Sky still has a very powerful one two to throw at any other GC hopefuls as we head down towards the Pyrennes.  Tomorrow will be a day for the sprinters, at least those that are still left in the Tour.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190716-69-251072/PaintingOn-Top-of-the-World--T18-68.html

Tour, Stage 12: Lining Up for a Sprint

The finale of the 12th stage atop Alpe d'Huez was a bit uncommon.  Normally, it is a sole rider that comes to the summit with a big gap on all of his competitors.  Today that should have been Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL Jumbo) but he was caught by the big boys on GC with about 3 kilometers left to race.  At one point the foursome of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Geraint Thomas & Chris Froome (Sky) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) were riding four abreast, waiting to see who would go first.  It was Bardet.  While these four were shadow boxing, Mikel Landa (Movistar), rejoined and two more riders were fast closing in.  It was looking like it was going to be a bunch sprint on a mountain top finish.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Tour, Stage 12: Cheers, Boos & Mayhem

The 21 corners of the climb up Alpe d'Huez are claimed by different nationalities.  As Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) rode through the wild crowds of the Dutch Corner, the fans cheered, jeered and set of flares in a mainly drunken frenzy.  They were all the more excited because it was a Dutchman, Steven Kruijswik (Lotto NL Jumbo) who was leading up the climb.  They, unfortunately released a torrent of jeers and boos when Chris Froome (Sky) came through the crowd.  Many are not satisfied with the results of his abnormal tests from the Veulta.  Even worse, it appears that a fan knocked Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) off his bike on the climb.  He wasn't hurt, but it did ruin his chances for the stage win.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190124-67-251072/PaintingCheers,-Boos-&-Mayhem--T18-66.html

Tour, Stage 12: What Sky Does

Team Sky is a very effective team.  They have the budget and the riders to simply grind everyone else into dust.  At the base of the Alpe d'Huez they still had four guys on the front.  Michal Kwiatkowski was just about done doing what he could do, but that left Egan Bernal to take up the pace making.  Still sitting in the wings were Geraint Thomas, in the Maillot Jaune, and Chris Froome the defending Tour champion.  On their wheel was Primoz Roglic (Lotto NL Jumbo) happy that he has a man up the road, thus taking the pressure off of him to attack the Sky train.  It does leave the other teams and riders trying to figure out just what they can do to take the stage and/or the Tour.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190084-66-251072/PaintingWhat-Sky-Does--T18-65.html

Tour, Stage 12: Good Legs

In interviews the racers talk about their legs as if they were something independent of themselves.  Riders will say, "if the legs are good" or "I just didn't have the legs today."  It always strikes me as a little odd.  That being said, Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL Jumbo) must have been having great legs at the base of the Col de la Croix Fer.  He had been out in the early break all day, and when he left the others he was riding into the virtual yellow jersey.  Kruijswijk started the day in sixth place just over three minutes off of the lead of Geraint Thomas (Sky).  He hoped that the peloton would be more concerned with each other to bother trying to chase him down.  I am sure his primary goal was the stage, but a Maillot Jaune would be a very welcome extra benefit.  Spoiler Alert!  He was chased down with just a few kilometers to the end atop Alpe d'Huez.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190062-65-251072/PaintingGood-Legs--T18-64.html

Tour, Stage 12: Setting the Stage

Pierre Rolland (EF Education First) left the lead break away group in the valley, just after the feed zone.  There is some controversary that he attacked as his breakaway companions were rooting through their musettes.  Rolland jumped free and went up the Lacets de Montvernier on his own.  He was on a campaign to repeat his stage win atop the Alpe d'Huez.  Problem is he has another big challenge of the Col de la Croix Fer before he even reaches the base of d'Huez.

This is the painting from today's stage that you can watch come to life both here, and on my YouTube Channel.  I hope you will become a subscriber to the channel and check back daily for the remaining nine stages of the Tour.

 
This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3190055-64-251072/PaintingSetting-the-Stage--T18-63.html