Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tour Stage 10: Taking a Pull

With a group of three riders up the road Team Cannondale went to the front of the peloton to help Astana up the tempo.  Cannondale felt that their man, Peter Sagan, could grab more points at the intermediate sprint and then given the profile of today's stage to Oyonnax, he had a could chance of getting that illusive first stage victory.  So far Sagan is proving that to be the most consistent sprinter, one does not ever have to win a stage.  Just as it is possible to win the Maillot Jaune without ever winning a stage over the twenty one days of the Tour.  The title refers to a rider who goes to the front of the pace line, taking his turn with his nose in the wind.  The time out on the front is referred to as a "pull".  Then the other meaning here is that he is taking a pull on (or a drink of) his water bottle.  This is an original small watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  This painting will be included in my soon to be self published book of cycling and art, "Book de Tour".  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, or to become involved in bringing the 101st Tour de France to print, please visit  If you would like to purchase this painting, follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are there, why not take the time to browse around all of the artwork on offer?

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