Monday, January 21, 2019

Tour Down Under, Final Stage: Two, Three, One


The strange title of this painting refers to the overall placing of these three on the general classification.  While Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) won the stage, and added a sixth consecutive win over the top of Willunga Hill, it was Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) that was third on the stage,  However, Impey won the 2019 Tour Down Under.  And he is the first to ever win the race to years in a row.  Wout Poels (Sky) took second on the day, but finished on the final step of the race podium.  While the four day leader of the race, Paddy Bevin (CCC) may not have taken the race victory, it is still a shame that his crash in stage five ensured that he would be unable to wear the final Ochre Jersey of race leader.

I will be back painting some of the Spring Classics like Paris-Nice, Paris Roubaix and Fleche Wallone, among others.  I hope you will check out the work as it happens.  And that you will follow me here and on twitter @ArtofCycling.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286992-143-194179/PaintingTwo,-Three,-One--TDU19-25.html

Tour Down Under, Final Stage: Is There Enough Road?


Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) has been dubbed the King of Willunga Hill, having one this climb the last five years running.  As he went under the flame rouge, the final kilometer of the race, he check to see how much of a gap he had opened up on his main rivals.  If he could win the stage by nine seconds over Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), he would win the 2019 Tour Down Under.  While he could only see Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) behind him, the question remained, did he have enough road left to get the kind of gap he needed on the South African Champion.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286988-142-194179/PaintingIs-There-Enough-Road?--TDU19-24.html

Tour Down Under, Final Stage: Lifting the Pace, Getting a Gap


The final stage takes the peloton over Willunga Hill, before coming back around and finishing on the top of the climb.  With most of the hopefuls even on time 26 seconds behind the erstwhile race leader, Paddy Bevin (CCC).  Bevin dropped out the back of the peloton before the first trip up the hill, clearly suffering from the effects of his crash in yesterday's crash.  It was Kenny Elissonde (Sky) who opened up the first attack on the climb.  He is looking back over his shoulder to find his team leader, Wout Poels.  The small Frenchman ended up having to wait for Poels to catch his wheel, unfortuately that let the rest of the contenders catch up as well.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286986-141-194179/PaintingLifting-the-Pace,-Getting-a-Gap--TDU19-23.html

Tour Down Under, Final Stage: Under Control


On the second lap before heading up the famed Willunga Hill, the peloton had the break away under control.  The escapees may be three minutes ahead at this point, but the best place rider was over six minutes down on the general classification.  Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) led the effort to keep the break in check with Astana, Team Sky and EF Education First all contributing to the chase. 

I hope they had a chance to take in the beautiful seas off to their left.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286981-140-194179/PaintingUnder-Control--TDU19-22.html

Tour Down Under, Final Stage: Down the Shore


I heard this New Jersey expression the other day.  Going down the shore is what I would call going to the beach.  It seemed like the perfect title for this group turning the corner to run along the coast on their way to Snapper Point.  With an almost sure bet that today would be about the climbers, it didn't stop these seven from going on the offensive from the very start of the stage.  The only one with a chance of winning on the day was Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma).  He is wearing the blue sprinter's points jersey on load from the race leader but if he takes the sprint points on offer he would still need to score points atop Willunga Hill.  Joining the Dutchman are Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar), Nick White (UniSA-Australia), Gediminas Bagdonas (Ag2r La Mondiale) among others.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286976-139-194179/PaintingDown-the-Shore--TDU19-21.html

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tour Down Under, Stage 5: Fighting to the Line


Sometimes I can be a little prophetic when titling my paintings.  It was an aggressive sprint with every sprinter knowing this was their last chance to take a stage win in the 2019 Tour Down Under (tomorrow is the final day, and it is a hill top finish).  It was Caleb Ewan getting his first sprint for his new team, Lotto Soudal.  However, he was later reliegated to last place after an extended bout of head butting while trying to get Sagan's wheel.  That moved Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) into the stage winning position, followed by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) for second.  Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is now fifth, with Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) - not in sight of this painting - taking the last step of the podium in Strathalbyn.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286785-138-194179/PaintingFighting-to-the-Line--TDU19-20.html

Tour Down Under, Stage 5: Get Me Back on My Bike!


"Get me back on my bike!"  It is what I image Paddy Bevin (CCC) was telling his teammate, Victor De La Parte as the Spaniard nearly carried the race leader towards a new bike brought from the team car.  Michael Sajnok was standing at the ready to pace their guy back into the peloton.  It was going to be a tall order, with just nine and a half kilometers to the finish, the peloton couldn't really afford to wait for the Ochre Jersey.  They did for about a kilometer, but then the sprinter's teams had to get on with their job of trying to get their guy to the line first.

Shockingly, Bevin was able to rejoin the peloton with another two kilometers to race.  His team's sprinter, Franisco Ventoso, was the one to lead Bevin back to the business end of the race, sacrificing his chances in the sprint finale.  It make take a village to raise a child, but it takes a team to hold a race lead.  And hold the lead they did!

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286774-137-194179/PaintingGet-Me-Back-on-My-Bike!--TDU19-19.html

Tour Down Under, Stage 5: No Place to Hide


Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ) used the intermediate sprint to launch his attack on the peloton.  Just after a sprint, the peloton will frequently sit up and regroup, so it is a good time to surprise the rest a go on the offensive.  Ladagnous was joined in the venture by Ayden Toovey (UniSA-Australia), his second time out in front of the peloton today.  The long straight roads along the South Australian coast didn't give these two much chance of hiding from the closing peloton.  With 40 kilometers to race, and just a 40 second lead (down from almost 4 minutes) it didn't look like they would be the first to arrive in Strathalbyn.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286743-136-194179/PaintingNo-Place-to-Hide--TDU19-18.html

Tour Down Under, Stage 5: Paying Attention


Paddy Bevin (CCC) was paying attention as the peloton approache the second intermediate sprint of the day in Inman Valley.  The race leader had been beaten at the first sprint by his closest rival, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).  That sprint had improved Impey's comparative time by one second.  However, Bevin gained that second back here.  It looked like Impey wasn't sure just how quickly the sprint line was coming as they came off of a sharp left hand turn.  Impey's teammate, Alex Edmonston had done his best to help out his team leader, but neither could catch the sprinting Ochre Jersey.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286730-135-194179/PaintingPaying-Attention--TDU19-17.html

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Two Victorious


As I said in the previous post, the foursome of contenders were caught by the reduced (and elite) peloton.  Two of those who managed to get back on terms were the race leader, Paddy Bevin (CCC) and the stage winner, as well as defending champion of the race, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).  The duo went one-two on the stage, with the race perinnial, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) taking third.  Impey got the stage win, but Bevin's second place was enough to keep in in the over all leader's jersey, and add time to those closest to him on the general classification.

It is beginning to look like the New Zealander, Bevin, is going to be rather difficult to unseat.

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.

https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3286172-134-194179/PaintingTwo-Victorious--TDU19-16.html