Friday, January 19, 2018

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Superman

Few will argue that Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is a super man when it comes to cycling.  Sagan had gone on the attack on the descent with about three kilometers left to go.  He was pulled back by several different teams including BMC, Astana and Mitchelton-Scott.  Not to be deterred, he caught his breath, took a drink and got ready to go again.  Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) launched his sprint first, but was caught by the three time UCI Road World Champion.  Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) rounded out the top three.  It was  Sagan's teammate, Jay McCarthy claiming fifth on the day.  Sagan's sprint was enough to put him in the Ochre Jersey of race leader by just two seconds over Impey.

I was amused to notice that I had forgot to sign and title this piece.  When I painted the Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, live in downtown Richmond, I had gotten caught up in the moment of Sagan's win and not signed his victory salute painting.  So it is fitting that I didn't sign his first win of the 2018 Pro Tour season calender.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

My website is down for matainence, so I will post links later.  In the mean time, if you really want this painting, just email me at greigsart@gmail.com.

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Over the Top

Today was the first day I have seen Team BMC on the front of the peloton.  They hit the front on the base of the climb up to Norton Summit with Miles Scotson.  At the top it was Richie Porte jumping out to grab the KOM points after the work of Simon Gerrans.  However, he just missed getting around his teammate, so it was Gerrans with maximum points, and Porte taking second over the top.  Niether gained enough points to take over the lead in the King of the Mountains competition so perhaps "no harm, no foul."  Now it was just seven kilometers of rollers for the stage victory.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

My website is down for matainence, so I will post links later.  In the mean time, if you really want this painting, just email me at greigsart@gmail.com.

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Catching the Last Guy

With his teammate (and former breakaway companion) having done all he could, Zakkari Dempster (UniSA-Australia) pressed on in a solo effort to hold off the peloton.  Alas, with 19 kilometers left in the day, it was the peloton spread across the road that he saw looking back.  The break rarely succeeds, but it is always a risk worth taking.  He will be on the podium to take the "most aggressive rider" award.  Now the question is, will he be able to hold onto the tail of the fast moving peloton.  Spoiler: He could not.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

My website is down for matainence, so I will post links later.  In the mean time, if you really want this painting, just email me at greigsart@gmail.com.

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Looking Round

This duo of Zakkari Dempster and Alexander Porter, both riding for UniSA-Australia, had built up a lead of nearly ten minutes.  With 50 kilometers left to race they had seen their lead cut in half, but there was still some room for hope.  The usual rule of thumb is that the peloton can pull back a minute every ten kilometers assuming there isn't a climb before the line.  Unfortunately for these two, Norton Summit stood between them and the finish in Campbelltown.  On the other hand, when the break is two teammates, there is true cooperation in hopes that one will claim the stage.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

My website is down for matainence, so I will post links later.  In the mean time, if you really want this painting, just email me at greigsart@gmail.com.

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Uncontested

Having sprinted hard to take the first intermediate sprint of the day, Elia Viviani (Quick Step) and his teammates were surprised the second sprint was uncontested.  Admittedly, they were sprinting for a one second bonus and just a point towards the green jersey.  With his second third place on the day, Viviani claimed the outright right to wear the sprinter's jersey that he started the day wearing it on loan.  Of course, that may depend on who takes the stage at the end of the day.  With a seven kilometer climb just before the finish in Campbelltown, it is unlikely that any sprinters will be taking the stage. 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

My website is down for matainence, so I will post links later.  In the mean time, if you really want this painting, just email me at greigsart@gmail.com.

Tour Down Under, Stage 4: Giving Chase

With the break building up just shy of ten minutes on the peloton, it fell to Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott) to drive up the pace and give chase.  He was experiencing the down side of having the Ochre Jersey on the shoulders of a teammate.  Behind him was most of Ag2r La Mondiale.  Each teammate will make sure his compatriots are top up with water and food.  With the continued heat of South Australia, the organization started the stage an hour early in hopes of avoiding the worst of the heat.  With temps over 105 degrees, I hate to think what the heat of the day might be.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

My website is down for matainence, so I will post links later.  In the mean time, if you really want this painting, just email me at greigsart@gmail.com.

Tour Down Under, Stage 3: Full Gas

It appeared that Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and his team out smarted themselves.  As their train came to the line, Ewan and his leadout man, Alexander Edmondson, had opened a gap on the rest of the field.  It appeared that Ewan decided that the gap was enough that he could let Edmondson take the victory (a thank you to his hard work for the team and himself).  What he didn't see when he looked both left and right, was the fast closing Elia Vivianni (Quick Step).  Once Ewan saw is error, he just wasn't able to wind his sprint up, to the full gas Viviani was applying.  Out of the edge of this painting, Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb) got aroung the Ochre Jersey of Ewan as well.  Viviani played it perfectly, and got to salute the crowd in true sprinter fashion. 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3099400-108-194179/PaintingFull-Gas-TDU18-15.html

Tour Down Under, Stage 3: Right Hander

Mitchelton-Scott seemed to have it all in hand as they hit the right and then left turns that led into the final meters of the race into Victor Harbour.  As we have seen, it was Daryl Impey playing pilot fish for the Australian national champion, Alexander Edmondson and the Ochre Jersey clad Caleb Ewan.  Behind the Mitchelton-Scott train, all ot the other sprinter's and teams were trying to see if they had a chance of disrupting the seemingly inevitable second stage win by Ewan.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3099389-107-194179/PaintingRight-Hander-TDU18-14.html

Tour Down Under, Stage 3: Worth a Try

Tiago Machado (Katusha-Alpecin) put in a strong attack on the final lap around Victor Harbor.  The race had been shortened by 26 kilometers (2 circuit laps) due to the excessive heat - temperatures were in the 115 degree range.  Machado was doing his best to keep cool, pouring water over his body in a vain effort to chill himself down.  The late break away was an equally vain effort.  Often when a rider goes on the attack, he is hoping that others will jump onto his wheel.  When no one comes along, the lone attacker is faced with the hard decision of pressing on, or just sitting up.  Machado decided to press on despite the odds of success.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3099378-106-194179/PaintingWorth-a-Try-TDU18-13.html

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tour Down Under, Stage 3: Sprinting for Seconds

I do enjoy a pun,  I am a dad after all.  I am also about to be a grandfather, so that makes puns doubly fun.  So...  Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) and Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinted for bonus seconds and for second place at the intermediate sprint point.  Haas was able to hold of McCarthy for a 2 second bonus, McCarthy got a 1 second bonus.  Seems like quite a bit of energy for very little gain.  However, the Tour Down Under has been decided by just one second in the past.  And this duo finished 2017 on equal time with count back putting one on the podium and the other in the less than satisfying fourth place.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. To purchase this artwork, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-Down-Under/3099370-105-194179/PaintingSprinting-for-Seconds-TDU18-12.html