Friday, May 16, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 6: Winning in Pink

Orica GreenEdge has had a near perfect first six stages of the Giro d'Italia.  Starting with the team winning the Team Time Trial that put Svein Tufts into the Maglia Rosa, to then passing the Jersey over to Michael Matthews who has held it ever since and finally taking a road stage win while wearing the same jersey.  The only blot on the day was just how hard Tufts went down in the pile up at the base of the climb.  The TV coverage showed a rather torn up kit and bloody rider making the climb up to the finishing line.  A rider must cross the line at the end of each day's stage in order to be allowed to continue in the Giro (or any other multi stage race).  So while Matthews won the stage, it could be argued that Cadel Evans was the big winner on the day.  Not only did he claim second on the stage, but he also moved himself up into second overall, and he put a lot more time between himself and all of the other principle GC contenders.  He even managed to avoid taking the Maglia Rosa too early in the race thus saving his team needing to defend for the next 15 stages.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that could be yours by visiting my artist website at  For this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.'Italia%202014/2364487---198213/Painting.html#.U3WpCc_D_IU