Monday, July 30, 2018

Tour, Final Stage: Coming Right in the End

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) seems to have been there or there abouts in nearly every sprint of this Tour but hadn't managed to win a stage coming into the finale on the Champs Elysees.  Today he came right with his sprint taking the most famous of sprints in all of cycling.  While he may have been helped by Peter Sagan's injuries slowing down the Maillot Vert, he got the better of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).  I'm sorry that I couldn't get Demare into the image, but not as sorry as he was not to be the first Frenchman to win in Paris in a long, long time.

As is usually the case, none of the jersey changed hands on the final day of the Tour (although sometimes the Maillot Vert goes down to the final sprint).  So it is that Geraint Thomas (Sky)wins in the Maillot Jaune.  Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes the Maillot Vert, setting a new record of points - eclipsing his own record.  Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale) takes the Maillot Blanc of best young rider .  And finally, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) claims the Maillot a Pois of the King of the Mountains.  I should also mention that it was Movistar that won the team competition.

This is all for this Tour, I plan on painting some fall classics and the UCI Road World Championships in September.

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.


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Tour, Final Stage: Surprising Them All

First it was Peter Sagan's (Bora-Hansgrohe) lead out man, Daniel Oss who jumped free of the peloton as they came up out of the tunnel under the Place du Concorde.  He was joined, and then dropped by Yves Lampaert (Quick Step) with just a kilometer left of the 105th Tour de France.  Lampaert, the Champion of Belgium, had a few seconds as they turned back onto the Champs Elysees.  But it looked liked he might make it, that is until the road started its gentle rise.  The sprinters weren't having it and caught him within sight of the line.  Oss dropped back into the peloton a hundred meters sooner.

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.

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Tour, Final Stage: Still Surviving

This group of six were managing to survive off of the front of the peloton for much longer than expected.  Taylor Phinney (EF Educaton First) got back into the group after his mechanical.  He was being led around the l'Arc de Triomphe by Sylvain Dillier (Ag2r La Mondiale).  The others lining out behind were Stefan Kung (BMC), Guillaume Martin (Wanty Groupe-Gobert), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie).  While it is unlikely that the peloton and the sprinters therein would let them stay away, miracles can happen.

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.

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Tour, Final Stage: Keep Me In!

Taylor Phinney (EF Education First), another rider finishing the Tour as a member of the riding wounded, had gotten off the front of the peloton.  Phinney had broken his nose, but was clearly still able to breath as he went in a break up the road.  He developed a lose seat post as he bounced along the cobbles of the Champs Elysees.  First he tried to get it seen to by the closest mechanic, the Mavic Neutral Service vehicle.  After their attempts were unsuccessful, his team car came up to try their luck.  Still a fast moving bouncing repair didn't work, and a bike change was the only answer.  So much for trying not to stop.  Question is, while he be able to stay off the front and rejoin his break away companions?

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.

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Tour, Final Stage: Working for the Sprinters

As the peloton rode back up the Champs Elysees it was being led by a combination of riders from three different teams all hoping to bring their sprinter over the line first.  Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was hoping to take another stage, and to be the first Frenchman to win on the cobbles of this famed avenue in decades.  Behind the bleu, blanc and rouge jersey were Peter Sagan's teammates of Bora-Hansgrohe and Christophe Laporte's Cofidis teammates.  The green banner announces the intermediate sprint, but I have no memory of seeing that being contested.

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.

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Tour, Final Stage: Arriving in Paris

There must be nothing more exciting for everyone who had ridden the Tour de France than the moment that they ride onto the Champs Elysees. Everyone of us who have ever raced a bike dream of one day racing up and down in the shadow of the l'Arc de Triomphe - regardless of our level or ability.  After over five thousand kilometers the thrill of knowing all of the suffering is about to come to an end must tangible.  The only thing now is to finish the stage, and fight to hold the wheels or take out a sprint (or escape the grasp of the peloton).

This seemed like the right image to film while I was creating it for the last day of the Tour de France.  You can see this and one painting from all 21 stages of the Tour come to life on my You Tube Channel.  Watch it here, but be sure to subscribe to my channel to make sure you know when I post another art tutorial, cycling tutorial or some combination of the two. 


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.

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Tour, Final Stage: Cheers!

The final stage of the Tour de France is broken into two distinct parts.  First the riders amble along on the way to Paris, chatting, visiting each other, and celebrating the fact that they have finished the incredible effort of racing the Tour de France.  Another tradition is the toast by the winning team, or the team of the winner toasting each other over a fight well fought.  Team Sky has been doing the arm and arm riding across the finish line for a while now, but today they road together toasting the horde of press motorcycles and photographers and each other.  Only one of the team didn't make it to Paris.  Gainni Moscon lost his temper and punched another contestant forcing his ejection from the race.  On Geraint Thomas's right are Michal Kwiatkowski and Chris Froome (who was the one in Yellow for four previous Tours de France) and on his left are Wout Poels and Luke Rowe.  Sadly, Egan Bernal and Jonathan Castroviejo were just out of frame.  Froome's work on behalf of his teammate and friend have forced me to re-evalutate my opinion of him.  He was kind, generous and did all he could once it was clear that Thomas was going to be the best place in the team, and that he would carry the Maillot Jaune to Paris.

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.

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This painting is sold!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tour, Stage 20: Third Today, First Tomorrow

The title says it all.  Geraint Thomas (Sky) rode himself a solid individual time trial, finishing third on the stage between his teammates, Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski.  The Sky party was spoiled (only slightly) when Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) won the stage.  The ride of Thomas ensure that he will finish the 105th Tour de France with the final Maillot Jaune, the third rider for Team Sky to win the Tour and the team's eigth Tour win.  Tomorrow will be a ceremonial ride for the Welschman, but it will be a day of racing for those who want to win a stage on the fabled Champs Elysees in Paris.  In the time trial only the last rider knows how he finished on the stage as he approaches the line.  Thomas afforded himself a fist pump of Tour celebration just after he finished his ride (never could get a good camera angle of that moment).

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.

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Tour, Stage 20: Holding Steady

Their are several ways to interprete this title.  A setup I always enjoy when titling my artwork.  Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) had a few objectives for today's last true day of racing in the Tour.  As the World Champion of the men's individual time trial, he was looking to honor the rainbow stripes and win the stage.  That goal he accomplished.  Just.  He was riding to keep his second place over all, thus holding steady on the GC, which he did managed to do.  He held a steady even timed ride to the man trying to take his second place, Chris Froome (Sky), he accomplished that goal as well.  And finally, he hoped to over take Geraint Thomas (Sky) for the yellow jersey of race leader, that he was unable to accomplish.  He took a few seconds out of the Maillot Jaune, but he will have to content himself with his second second place in a grand tour in a row.

As Dumoulin was getting ready to ride, his skin suit went missing.  As the announcers, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, were telling the story, I had a vision of Dumoulin racing the stage in the nude.  Unfortunately for us all, the makers of his skin suit were able to sew up a new kit and get it to the race before such a revealing bike ride.  I am sure there are many that would have enjoyed the spectacle. although probably not Tom.

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.

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Tour, Stage 20: All He Has

The bronze medalist from the UCI Road World Championships in the Elite Men's Time Trial did not have the ride he hoped today.  Primoz Roglic (Lotto NL Junbo) went out hard in the opening kilometers of the individual time trial, but faded as he climbed towards the second time check of the day.  The man just behind him in the GC was the man who took silver in the Championships almost a year ago, Chris Froome (Sky).  Roglic had climbed into third overall with a brilliant descent yesterday, but he must have left too much of himself on the road then, to come out fighting today.  He slipped back into fourth for the ride into Paris.

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.

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