Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tour Stage 11: Holding Them All Off

The French now have their first stage victory in the 101st Tour de France!  Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) gave the French a Yellow Jersey for one day, wearing the Jersey on Bastille Day, although he did lose the jersey at the end of the day, is the Frenchman to bring a stage to the home country of the Tour.  While the others in the small group off of the front were trying to figure out how they were going to out sprint Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Gallopin attacked them from the rear, gaining the advantage of surprise to open a sizable gap very quickly.  While Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) exchange gestures, each thinking the other should take up the chase, Gallopin put everything he had into the pedals.  With the peloton breathing down his neck, just meters away form the line, they had already caught Sagan, Kwiatkowski and Mick Rodgers (Tinkoff Saxo), Gallopin was able to raise his arms in victory seemingly holding them all back from his moment at the line.  This is a small original 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, "Book de Tour".  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, or to discover how you can become part of bringing the tome of the Tour to print, please visit  To purchase this painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.