Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fleche Wallone: HIs Fourth in a Row

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has owned the final climb up the Mur de Huy, and today was no exception.  Once the attack was made by FDJ, Valverde went on the offensive.  Try as they might, no one was able to catch the Spaniard's wheel.  With his arms raised in a victory salute (that include a pantomine of shooting an arrow), Valverde claimed his fourth straight victory in Huy and his fifth for his career.  Closing, but not fast enough, was Dan Martin (Quickstep) who took second on the day.  Rounding out the peloton was Dylan Teuns (BMC).

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952641-404-195767/PaintingHis-Fourth-in-a-Row-FW17-8.html

Fleche Wallone: It Is Possible

Bob Jungel (Quickstep) was able to rid himself of his companion, Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) as he scaled the wall that is the Mur de Huy for the final time.  Jungel went under the flame rouge maring the final kilometer of the race with about twenty seconds on the closing peloton.  The minute per ten kilometer rule implied that he had enough to win.  Should he be able to hold off those behind, he would be the first from Luxembourg to win Fleche Wallone.  However, the steepest section of the climb was yet to come.  But a win is still possible.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952638-403-195767/PaintingIt-Is-Possible-FW17-7.html

Fleche Wallone: Pressing On

It was the National Champion of Luxembourg, Bob Jungels (Quickstep), who was able to bridge across the Alessandro De Marchi (BMC),  The pair were able to open almost a minute on the Movistar, Orica-Scott led peloton as they started the bell lap with just 15 kilometers left to race.  It was looking good for the pair, but the peloton has a way of timing the catch to perfection.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952631-402-195767/PaintingPressing-On-FW17-6.html

Fleche Wallone: Down by the River

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) was able to use the tight turn at the top of the Cote de Cherave to open up a gap on those that had grapped his wheel on the climb.  The Italian dropped into an aerodynamic tuck and went off in search of the town of Huy.  The river bank made for a scenic ride towards the penultimate scaling of the Mur de Huy - not that he had anytime to take in the scenery.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952594-401-195767/PaintingDown-by-the-River-FW17-5.html

Fleche Wallone: Getting a Gap

With the last of the early escapees back in the peloton, it was time for the counter attacks to start.  In fact, one reason the peloton will leave the early break out front is to discourage others from going on the offensive.  BMC didn't bring Greg Van Avermaet to the 81st  Fleche Wallone, so it left other team members with the freedom to ride for themselves.  The first to take advantage was Alessandro De Marchi, who jumped away with another 46 kilometers left to race.  I was unable to determine which rider from Movistar who covered De Marchi's move.  The name the announcer was giving didn't match my startlist.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952581-400-195767/PaintingGetting-a-Gap-FW17-4.html

Fleche Wallone: Surrendering

As the kilometer rolled along, and the peloton came ever closer, the riders in the break began to surrender to the inevitable catch.  Daniel Pearson (Aqua Blue) with Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) tucked onto his wheel, peered back over his shoulder to see the Lotto Soudal led peloton breathing down his neck.  The pair had been off the front of the peloton for almost two hundred kilometers, so there was no shame in the capture.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952576-399-195767/PaintingSurrendering-FW17-3.html

Fleche Wallone: Take This One!

Even the best riders and mechanics can't keep things from going wrong.  Dan Moreno (Movistar) managed to snap a chain while passing through the town of Huy for the first time.  The Italian let his team car know what the problem was via radio and then pulled off to await a new bike.  The entire team in the car jumped out to get Moreno another bike an get him back racing as quickly as possible.  With another 60 kilometers left to race, it was certain that Moreno would be back in the peloton in support of his team leader, Alejandro Valverde.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952533-398-195767/PaintingTake-this-One!-FW17-2.html

Fleche Wallone: Nearly Four Minutes

As per usual, the race was marked by the early break away, a group that swelled to six riders and a lead of over four minutes.  Those in the group (and this painting) included; Yoann Bagot (Cofidis), Romain Guillemois (Direct Energie), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Daniel Pearson (Aqua Blue), Faien Doubey (Wanty Groupe-Gobert), and Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect).  The group was being provided their time gap back to the peloton from the old school chalkborad being held aloft by one of the support motorcycles.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2952526-397-195767/PaintingNearly-Four-Minutes-FW17-1.html

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Paris Roubaix: A Great Spring!

This painting expresses the joy and frustration that is bike racing.

As feared, the trio of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac) were got on the final turned by both Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Giani Moscon (Sky).  In fact, it was Moscon that opened up the sprint to the line.  He was quickly swamped by Stybar.  However it was the on-fire Greg Van Avermaet who had the legs to take out the sprint and claim victory in Roubaix.  Stybar was clearly frustrated with his second place finish as he slapped his handlebars on the line.  Langeveld held on for third, with Stuyven and Moscon rounding out the top five.

It wasn't fated to be the fairy tale end of Tom Boonen's career.  In fact he wasn't able to sprint to victory within his finishing group either.  But he has provided us all with excitement, class and guts through his spectacular career.  Chapeau!

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the start of the Giro d'Italia, I will be crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  Please feel free to become a follower of this blog to be informed of the project and your chance to participate in helping to make it happen.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2947379-396-195767/PaintingA-Great-Spring!-PR17-10.html

Paris Roubaix: Looking It Over

After 250 kilometers of some of the roughest roads in northern Europe, the final kilometer is raced on the very smooth outdoor velodrome of Roubaix.  The high banks afford the racers a chance to look each other over and to possibly get a jump descending off of the high side of the curve.  The trio of Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac) had enough of a lead that they could slow down and try to out strategize each other.  However, if they get too carried away, the chasing duo of Giani Moscon (Sky) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) might catch them and carrying speed steal the race at the last moment.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be 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.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Spring-Classics-/2947371-395-195767/PaintingLooking-It-Over-PR17-9.html