Thursday, May 22, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 11: No, No, You First

As predicted by Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giacattoli) a large break got away with fourteen riders all over an hour down on the general classification, another perfect situation for BMC as they didn't need to be on the front for the second day in a row.  While to numerous to list here, both FDJ and Europcar got two of there men into the break as did Bardiani CSF and Neri Sottoli.  To understand was is going on here, you need to understand that riders are expected to take turns pulling on the front of the break, however, not everyone follows the rules.  Francis Mourey (FDJ) wants to stay on the back of the break so he taps and gently pushes Romain Sicard (Europcar) into the slot ahead of him.  Why this is important is that drafting allows the rider behind to save up to 30% of the energy that the riders in the wind are expending.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard (4"x6") that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  In addition this painting is available for purchase through my artist website at  For this particular painting follow the direct link at the end of this post.