Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tour Final Stage: Go, Tony, Go!

It is never a good time to have a mechanical, but when the peloton is winding it up for the sprint, it really sucks.  The World Time Trial Champion, Tony Martin (OPQS) got a quick bike change and a hard push from his mechanic, but it would take all of his expertise to catch back on to the peloton.  Unlike Peraud, no one dropped back to help Martin, but then he wasn't in danger of losing a podium position.  Instead he was here to work for Omega Pharma Quickstep's back up sprinter, Mark Renshawk, so he was needed but he isn't a "protected rider."  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  The painting along with all of my artwork of the 101st Tour de France will be included in my soon to be self published tome, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, or to discover how you can be a part of bringing this Tour to print, please visit  There are some fabulous rewards for those who choose to back the book, including artist signed copies, original art, printed postcards and even a few copies signed by Vincenzo Nibali himself.  Everyone who contributes will have their name in print on the Special Thanks page of the book.  To purchase this painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post, but wouldn't you like to have all of the paintings in a book as well?  Sure you would!

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