Monday, May 23, 2016

Women's Tour of California, Final Stage: Claiming the Final One

In the end it was Hitec Products that got there sprinter, Kristen Wild, first.  As she spread her arms in victory, she was thrilled to have held off the closing Green Jersey of Marianne Vos (Boels-Dolmans) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM).  Vos's teammate, Megan Gaurnier finished with the peloton so she successfully defended her Yellow Jersey of race leader.  The team of Boels-Dolmans managed to win two of the four leaders jerseys of the Women's Tour of California.  Chapeau!

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships"

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Women's Tour of California, Final Stage: Leading Them Around

With the peloton all back together, yet again, it was time for the sprinters to wind up for the final assault.  Leading the entire group through the turn after the finishing straight was the Blue Jersey of Most Courageous Rider - Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition).  I believe she had claimed the jersey after her courageous ride in Stage 1. Riders from Twenty 16 and Hitec Products follow her high speed cornering in hopes that they would get the jump for their sprinters.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

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Women's Tour of California, Final Stage: Riding Off the Front

The final stage of the Women's Tour of California featured a twenty lap circuit race through the streets of Sacramento. The course was the same as the final section of what the men would ride after their ride along the Sacramento River.  With a flat course and only six turns per lap, it was going to take an extreme effort to ride away from the peloton.  Perhaps it would take a miracle or a disaster to stay away.  One of the attempts to fly off the front was launched by Amber Neben (Bepink).  She did managed to prize out ten or twenty seconds, but like others before her, she was soon back with the ladies of the peloton.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

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Women's Tour of California, Stage 3: Back on Form

Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) proved that she was back on form after a rough 2015 season.  And she should that just because she crashed in a sprint one month ago, doesn't mean she isn't up to mixing it up in a bunch sprint.  Although I will not that she held herself to the middle of the road.  Vos was able to get past Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) who had been the first to launch her sprint.  With Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) finishing with the winners, the Yellow Jersey stayed firmly on her shoulders.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

Coryn Rivera is on of the riders feature in my book on the Richmond 2015 races.

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Women's Tour of California, Stage 3: Stretching Her Legs

Chloe Dygert (Twenty 16-Ridebiker) bedecked in her rather attractive pink detailed Best Young Rider's Jersey, was the second rider to attempt to spoil the day of the sprinters.  Dygert used this very tactic to claim the Rainbow Jersey in her Junior Women's race in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.  I imagine that there were some in the peloton who knew that this was one rider that they couldn't allow to escape their clutches.  She also claimed the Rainbow Jersey in the Junior Women's Individual Time Trial, so she is no stranger to riding fast on her own.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

Naturally, Chloe Dygert features prominently in my book on the Richmond 2015 races.

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Women's Tour of California, Stage 3: More Points for the Queen

I guess it makes sense, but it seems odd to hear the climbers referred to as the Queens of the Mountains.  I did notice that the race organizers hadn't bother to make two different sets of climb markers (notice the KOM on the inflatable on the side of the road).  Mara Abbot (Wiggle High5) easliy claimed the maximum points on the hardest climb of the day up and over Harris Grade Road.  Her progress was closely monitor by the Yellow Jersey of Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) and her teammate, Evelyn Stevens (who is in third on the General Classification.)  The climb featured a breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean and an escort from Wonder Woman herself.  That tifosi seemed most appropriate.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

Both Megan Gaurnier and Evelyn Stevens feature in my book on the Richmond 2015 races.

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Women's Tour of California, Stage 3: The Counter Attack

The penultimate stage of the Women's Tour of California featured the peloton not letting any of the breaks succeed.  After each attempted was reeled back in by the attentive main body of the race another would jump free and gain a small gap before being reeled back in again.  This attempt was Valentina Scandolara (Cylance Pro Cycling), but she too, found the women in the peloton indisposed to letting her escape their clutches.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

Scandolara is one of the riders featured in my book on the Richmond 2015 races.

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Tour of California, Final Stage: Not Done Yet

The Tour of California may be over, but Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) isn't finished being a great sprinter.  Many have begun to write of the Manx Missile, but today he came around both Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) to affirm that he is still a very powerful sprinter.  A few riders back you can just see the raised arms of the winner of the overall classification of the Tour, Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep),  Chapeau!  And well done to all who raced over the last eight days.  It has been my pleasure to watch you race, and to paint your exploits.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20of%20California/2795063-49-223355/Painting.html#.V0Km3PkrLIU

Tour of California, Final Stage: As Hard as They Can

Team Katusha was now at the front with just one man left to launch their man, Alexander Kristoff.  The peloton was inside of the final kilometer, so it was beginning to look like he might pull of two wins in a road.  In behind the wheel of the Norwegian sprinter was a rider from BMC followed by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) sporting his Green Jersey of most consistent sprinter.  Just peeking into the edge of the painting is the Yellow Jersey of Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep).  Alaphilippe most likely wasn't racing for a stage victory, he should just be making sure that he doesn't lose a second to any of his rivals.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20of%20California/2795060-48-223355/Painting.html#.V0KksfkrLIU

Tour of California, Final Stage: Doctor's Visit

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo) was caught up in one of those little tumbles that can happen at any moment, particularly when the peloton has been racing flat out for seven days.  After he had gotten a fresh bike and chased back up through the following caravan of team cars and race officials, he stopped in at the doctors office.  The race provides moving medical attention for those who are able to get back on their bikes and continue racing.  While it is the last stage of the race, no rider can start the next day if he doesn't finish the day before, in this case, no one wants to not finish the Tour of California when there is only twenty miles left to race.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (www.richesonart.com).  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20of%20California/2795057-47-223355/Painting.html#.V0KijfkrLIU