Thursday, May 24, 2018

Giro, Stage 17: Making a Splash

The weather at the line in Iseo wasn't ideal, but Elia Viviani's (Quick Step) sprint sure was.  The leader in the sprint jersey had the perfect leadout from his teammates that delivered him to his fourth Giro stage win in the pouring rain.  He held off the closing Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) who is out of frame, and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida).  It was Danny van Poppel (LottoNL Jumbo) taking fourth on the stage.  He was unable to box in or hold of the leader in the sprint points competition.  Sprinting in the background is yet another rider from Androni Giocattoli, Andrea Vendrame.

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Giro, Stage 17: I Think We're Done

The last two left from the only break that succeed (slightly) were Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC).  Both have been animators of the Giro over the second week of the race, and they don't seem to be letting up.  However, they are certainly surrendering to the power of the peloton and the desire of the sprinters to have their day.  At this point there was only 11 seconds between the duo and the peloton and still another 12 kilometers left to go.  The odds were clearly not in their favor.

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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Giro, Stage 17: When Legs Are Faster

There are times when the light agile racing bikes can do a better job of handling tight corners than the larger and heavy motorbikes that escort the race around Italy.  Long ago, I got to discover just how much faster a bicycle could whip through traffic when I was a bike courier in DC.  Today as they worked their through small town on their way towards Iseo, the break away caught a group of motos.  Fortunately the foursome of Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Wout Poels (Sky), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) were able to stay upright.  I am sure De Marchi had a few choice words for the driver who's actions almost brought the Italian to grief.  There have been some horrible wrecks between motos and racers, I sure hope that we don't see one again anytime soon. 

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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Giro, Stage 17: Tangling at the Back

I had meant to call this piece, "Dangling at the Back," but clearly that isn't what I wrote.  I was going to try and correct it, but then thought that Tangling is what is actually going on here.  Today was the 17th stage and was perhaps the fastest stage (and Giro) yet.  At the back of the peloton a little bit of an argument of gestures was going on between Brendan Canty (EF Education First) and Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo).  Canty seems to be trying to get Irizar to take the dimishing wheels of the peloton, rather than taking a pull himself.  Behind, Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) was just off the back.  Not a place I am used to seeing the strong, unrelenting Belarussian.  I had the pleasure of watching Kiryienka take the Time Trial World Champion's jersey in Richmond, Virginia in 2015. 

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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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Giro, Stage 16: Sheer Desire

It has been said that the Malliot Jeune gives you wings.  The same must be true of the Maglia Rosa.  Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) started the day with two minutes and eleven seconds on second place Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).  It was fully expected by all involved that Dumoulin would be able to use his expertise and size to power ratio to pull back all of that time and more.  Instead, Yates brilliantly and courageously defended his lead.  He finished twentieth on the day, but that was enough to keep him in the pink jersey by 56 seconds.  His other main rivals are two minutes or more behind him.  Given how he has been riding in the high mountians, tomorrows flat stage for the sprinters to recover and two mountain top finishes before the finale in Roma, it seems unlikely that he will not win the 101st Giro d'Italia.  But, anything can happen, and anyone can have a bad day.  Not a bad position to be in for a debute appearance in the Giro.

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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Giro, Stage 16: Keeps the Italian Hopes Alive

It wasn't until I was photographing this painting to post that I discovered I hadn't written, "Keeping the Italian Hopes Alive"  I was able to squeeze in an "S" to make some sort of grammatical sense for this, perhaps, my favorite of my Giro paintings.  Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida) had his best time trial of his career, allowing him to hold third on the general classification against some true strongman of the discipline.  He is the, somewhat unexpected, best place Italian in their home tour.  With his climbing legs, he is still in with a chance to move up on the GC, maybe even to take the Maglia Rosa in the last week of the race.  His legs out style may not have looked pretty today, but it sure got the job done!

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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Giro, Stage 16: Looking for Stage Honors

Rohan Dennis (BMC), the time trial champion of Australia, went out looking for a time trial stage win today.  He was just two seconds off of the pace in the opening TT in Jerusalem to kick off the 101st Giro d'Italia.  It was two seconds he made up the next day to pull on the Maglia Rosa for two stages while racing in Israel.  I doubt he expected to regain the over all lead, but he certainly found the stage victory he wanted.  He finished twnety two seconds ahead of the current time trial world champion as well as fourteen seconds ahead of the four time champion, Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin).  His time today did move him into sixth overall, leaving his in striking distance of the podium in Rome.

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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Giro, Stage 16: Not What He Wanted

As Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) road through the second time check, he had it confirmed that he was not having the best of days.  His 66th place finish in Roverto moved him down to 5th overall, not the direction he wanted to move in.  He will have to count on his climbing legs to get past Chris Froome (Sky) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida) if he is to finish on the podium.  That translate to less than a minute to be gained in five stages, three of which will be contested in the mountains.  As we all know, in stage racing, anything can happen - and usually does.

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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Giro, Stage 16: Looking for Two Minutes

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) started his race of truth looking to pull back just over two minutes on the maglia rosa.  It was a tall order in a flat 34 kilometer individual time trial.  But as his rainbow bands suggest, he cerainly has the skill and power to do it.  While he did his best finishing just 14 seconds off of the race winning time on the stage, his rainbow stripes were no match for the boost of the maglia rosa.  His ride solidified his second place over all, but wasn't enough by 56 seconds to take back the race lead that he had at the end of the first stage way back in Jerusalem.  He does have two and a quarter minutes over the rider in third, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida).

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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Giro, Stage 16: Getting Up to Speed

I did discovered that I have already used this title in this Giro d'Italia, but then I do the work long before I start using the computer to write this blog.  That doesn't mean the title isn't appropriate for a rider just starting out on their time trial run.  Chris Froome (Sky) has been having a bit of a yoyo Giro, but was hoping to use his superior skill against the clock to set matters to rights, again.  He was able to move himself back up the general classification with today's ride, but the overall has almost definitely slipped from his grasp.  He finished fifth on the stage which was enough to move him up to fourth overall.  However he is almost four minutes behind the maglia rosa.

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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