Friday, March 27, 2020

Paris Nice, Final Stage: Every Last Ounce


Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) had to dig very, very deep to keep Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) from taking the Maillot Jaune off of his shoulders.  He succeed in that effort holding onto the final Yellow Jersey by 18 seconds.  The effort cost him every last ounce of his strenght, even too exhausted  to get off of the bike at the end of the stage.  Schachmann becomes only the tenth rider in the 78 year history of Paris Nice to hold the lead from start to finish.  Perhaps it would have been different with one more stage, but I doubt it.

This will be the final painting of what may be the last race of the season.  The Pandemic has stopped all racing officially until mid April, but it is doubtful that the world will be in a strong enough place to risk bring hundreds if not thousands of racers, teams and cycling fans back together.  I have read that the Tour de France is looking at ways to keep the roads fan free as the finishing areas were made to be here.  I can't see how that would be possible.  One of professional cycling's greastest strengths is that it is on open roads, free to watch wherever fans and the course take it.  I hope this all ends soon, and our lives regain a sense of normal, but that is months away.  So I am sure the Giro d'Italia is gone for 2020, I will presume so too is the Tour de France, and as bad as things are in Spain I can't image there will be a Veulta d'Espania either.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home!

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/Paris-Nice/3492767-37-272742/Painting/every-last-ounce-pn20-37.html

Paris Nice, Final Stage: All He Can Do


Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) did all he could do to gain time on the Maillot Juane of Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).  Alas, he just ran out of road.  The German National Champion chased hard enough to keep Benoot close.  At the end of the day, Benoot closed the gap to just 18 seconds, including a six second time bonus for taking second on the stage.  The second place did give him the lead in the competition for the Maillot Vert, the most consistent sprinter.  Perhaps one more stage might have afforded him the opportunity, but this Corona Virus Pandemic cut Paris Nice's final stage off the race.  Meaning this is it for the race, and for racing for the foreseeable future.

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/Paris-Nice/3492756-36-272742/Painting/all-he-can-do-pn20.html

Paris Nice, Final Stage: Who Is Going Now?


With four kilometers left of the 2020 Paris Nice (and perhaps the entire cycling season), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) looked over to see who was going on the attack.  He quickly decided he didn't need to chase Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) who was behind the Maillot Jaune (and his teammate, Vincenzo Nibali) by two minutes.  Given the strength of the Colombian climber, it was little chance any one would see him until the end of the race.  Spoiler alert:  It was Quintana who won the final stage of Paris Nice.  It makes one wonder what would have happen had he not crashed, losing time in stage 2.

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/Paris-Nice/3492514-35-272742/Painting/who-is-going-now-pn20-35.html

Paris Nice, Final Stage: On the Offensive


With virtually no chance of taking over the Maillot Juane, Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) jumped clear of the reduced peloton of the Yellow and Green Jerseys in a bid to win the stage.  Those behind didn't feel the need to go after this move.  Instead they would just keep grinding and hope the Frenchman would fad before the top of the climb (and the end of Paris Nice).

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/Paris-Nice/3492489-34-272742/Painting/on-the-offensive-pn20-34.html

Paris Nice, Final Stage: What He Does


Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) took the opportunity of the final climb of Paris Nice, the Valdeblore la Colmaine to do one of the things he does best.  While De Gendt is great at chasing down break aways, or he can be seen hanging around the back of the peloton, what he is most known for is going off on long solo break aways.  Having dropped the rest of his former break away companions, he now had over a minute on the chasing reduced peloton with just fourteen kilometers of climbing left to race.  Could he be about to take another stage victory?

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/Paris-Nice/3492476-33-272742/Painting/what-he-does-pn20-33.html

Paris Nice, Final Stage: Taking on the Race


It was this group of five were taking the race on.  With today having been set as the final stage, it was a now or never situation.  In the middle is Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) who at this point is the Maillot Jaune Virtuale.  With another 36 K to race, the final 20 being a climb up to Valdeblore la Colmaine, it remains to be seen if the peloton was going to let them all stay away.  Joining the rather popular Frenchman were, Aurelien Paret Peintre (Ag2r La Mondiale), Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and leading the group the Maillot a Pois of Nicolas Edet (Cofidis).  Edet clearly got back into the group after his mechanical.

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/Paris-Nice/3492469-32-272742/Painting/taking-on-the-race-pn20-32.html

Paris Nice, Final Stage: Can You Fix It?


While Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) had already done enough to ensure his Maillot a Pois would be his for this year's slightly shorten Paris Nice.  He was still doing all he could to add KOM points and to win the final stage of the race.  With 44 kilometers left to race, he was frustrated to have a mechanical.  While hoping to get it fixed without stopping, that wasn't possible.  After a quick minor repair he was quickly back onto the six man break up the road.  I am always amazed at the race mechanics that hang out of the rear window of a team car trying to repair a fast moving bicycle from a fast moving car on a mountain road.  At least this repair was done while climbing, so a bit lower speeds.

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/Paris-Nice/3492457-31-272742/Painting/can-you-fix-it-pn20-31.html

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Paris Nice, Stage 6: Finishing the Plan


I'm not sure I will get use to the image of a stage winner saluting an empty roadside.  None the less, Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) still took a bow for the race photographers.  Benoot had capitalized on the hard work of his teammates all stage long.  He had started the day in third by 1'10" but now is in second, trailing Schachmann by less than a half minute.  With just one stage left to race, the mountain top finish will be a wild scramble to get up the mountain first.

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/Paris-Nice/3491286-30-272742/Painting/finishing-the-plan-pn20-30.html

Paris Nice, Stage 6: Bad Luck with One Kilometer


The way I create these works is to first to the line drawing in ink.  Then write the titles, finally laying in the colors.  Having done the drawing, I think I stumbled over the title.  But liking the drawing I just kept going with this image.  Inside of the final three kilometers Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) over cooked into a corner and went down against the fence barriers.  He quickly got back up on his bike and under way, but he had  lost the wheels of the group he had been with.  It will be up to the commissares to decide if he will get the same time as them, or the time he actually crosses the line.  Either way, he will still be in the Maillot Jaune.  It is just a question of what the time gaps will be going into the final stage of the race.

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/Paris-Nice/3491280-29-272742/Painting/bad-luck-with-one-kilometer-pn20-29.html

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Paris Nice, Stage 6: The Next to Go


With Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) back into the peloton, it was Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) who launched the next attack.  Just up the road was the lone figure of Andersen's teammate, Tiesj Benoot.  You can see Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) trying to decide if he should follow Molard's attack or keep his eye (and energy) on those who are closer to him in the general classification.  With just 12 kilometers to the end of the stage, it wasn't that likely that enough time could be put into the Maillot Jaune to make a true difference.  Conversely, with only one more stage to race, there wasn't much of a choice other than to try.

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/Paris-Nice/3491266-28-272742/Painting/the-next-to-go-pn20-28.html