Sunday, May 11, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 3: The Safest Place Is Up Front

With just two hundred bicycles racing on the narrow by lanes and wide boulevards of the stages of the Giro, it is important to stay near the front of the peloton if you hope to place well in the General Classification or GC.  It only takes a touch of wheels a movement of lost concentration to send twenty of thirty riders cleats over handlebars and possibly bringing your whole racing season to a painful end.  So, those that hope to wear pink on the final day, use their team to keep them safe and out of the wind.  Cadel Evans (BMC) is now a seasoned Grand Tour racer, with a win of the Tour de France on his palmar and he knows who to be in the right place ahead of the twists and turns that are taken at high speed towards the end of most every stage.  Today, as the peloton neared Dublin, it is Ben Hermans and Daniel Oss, who escort their team leader, Cadel around the roundabouts of the outskirts of Dublin.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that is available for purchase at my artist website,  For this particular painting you can follow the direct link at the end of this post.'Italia%202014/2362599---198213/Painting.html#.U3A3Cc_D_IU