Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tour Final Stage: Leaving It Off Where He Picked Up

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) started this Tour de France by winning the opening stage into Harrogate in the United Kingdom, a win that follow his win in the last stage of the 2013 Tour de France.  The German fast man was able to round out his Tour by winning the final stage, bookending his wins and showing that he is the current fast man of the peloton.  He did pick up some other wins in the middle, but like all sprinters the win on the Champs Elysees is the one that is treasured.  Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was all the way down in 9th place on the stage, but then he had already achieved his goal of claiming the Green Jersey of points leader.  Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin Sharp) and Daniele Bennati (Saxo Tinkoff) rounded out the top five under the eyes of thousands of fans that lined the famous boulevard.  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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