Monday, July 28, 2014

La Course: The First to Cross the Line

The inaugural running of La Course, the first women's bike race on the Champs Elysees, was mounted by the organizers of the Tour de France.  With the unpredictability of the 101st Tour de France, it somehow seems appropriate that this was the year that the Tour finally let the women race.  It was equally appropriate that the Women's World Road Racing Champion, Marianne Vos (Rabobank) was the first women to cross the line to win a race under the shadow of the L'Arc de Triomphe, maybe even more so that they opened up the sprint under the gaze of the statue of Joan d'Arc.  Vos just got around the fading sprint of Kirsten Wild (Giant Shimano), fortunately for Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) her sprint was not a foreshadowing of how he would fare in a couple of hours. This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  The work, and the race, will be included in my soon to be self published art of cycling book, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, or to become part of bringing the book to print, please visit  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post, but wouldn't you like to have a copy of the "Book de Tour" as well?  Of course you would!

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