Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tour Final Stage: The First to Attack

Even before the tricolore smoke trail had vanished from overhead, the French National Time Trial Champion, Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) attacked the peloton and got a good gap before reaching the L'Arc de Triomphe to swing back down the other side of the famous boulevard.  He may have broken the tradition of giving a full lap of honor to the Yellow Jersey but I am quite sure that the French will forgive him the cheek.  Someone had to be the first to attack, Chavanel decided it might as well be him.  Even with his time trialing abilities, it was unlikely that he could hold off the teams of the sprinters who wanted to claim the Parisian stage.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  This painting will be one of the complete collection of my paintings of the 101st Tour de France that will be included in my soon to be self published "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book, to pre order your copy, or to discover how you can be a part of bringing the art of the Tour de France to print, please visit  There are some excellent incentives to encourage you to pledge your support on Kickstarter (a crowd funding site) including an artist signed copy for only $25 USD, international shipping is available.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  But don't you want all of the paintings collected together into a book?  Of course your do!

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