Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paris Roubaix: Caught by a Train

Paris Roubaix throws a lot of obstacles at the competitors from strong winds, to cobbled roads and even railroad crossings.  While they race on closed roads, meaning no cars or traffic, the fabulous train system of Europe keeps running and occasionally will catch a rider out.  Here it is David Boucher (FDJ) having had a flat while in the break, gets caught by a high speed train (although not fast enough for his needs).  It was several years ago that a break away including George Hincapie was waved through a closed gate only to be disqualified for crossing the tracks.  While it caused a controversy (it was a police officer who waved them through) it was the right thing to do for the safety of all involved.  So here Boucher sits leaning against the neutral service car while the break speeds a way and the peloton gets closer and closer.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that is available through my artist website at or you could just follow the direct link at the end of this post.