Saturday, May 17, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 7: Sweeping Around the Right Hander

As it is that most flat stages of any Grand Tour tend to end in town, the approach to the line can be quite technical, meaning lots of twists and turns, swinging on and off of main boulevards and wrapping around roundabouts and traffic islands.  And this has to be done when the peloton's speed hits 50 or 60 kph, not for the faint of heart.  Even though Giant Shimano has lost their big man, Marcel Kittel, to fever, the lead out train was ready and willing to work for the next in line, Luka Mezgec, who has proven to be strong enough to hold the pro peloton at bay before.  The other main rivals teams where lined up behind, ready to bring their men forward when the time was right.  The part that makes this even more scary (and leads to huge crashes like Stage 6) is that the General Classification contenders want to be near the front as well, so it is that not only are Giant Shimano, FDJ and Cannondale in the mix, but so to has Orica-GreenEdge and BMC joined the dash to the line.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that is available for purchase through my artist website at  For this particular painting you can follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Do hurry though, being an original, there is only one to be had.'Italia%202014/2364873---198213/Painting.html#.U3con8_D_IU