Friday, July 18, 2014

Tour Stage 13: The Best Defense...

With Richie Porte losing ground, the expected course of action for the race leader, Vincenzo Niblai (Astana) would be to get into a rhythm and watch the others with him, to defend his position.  Having watched Nibali in the 2013 Giro d'Italia, I know that is not his style.  He won mountain stages in the Pink Jersey of race leader then, I am sure he wanted to win a mountain top stage in Yellow in the Tour.  So as the rest of the contenders played watch and wait, Nibali attacked. No one could catch his brutal acceleration, he was off alone to catch the remaining two men that were up the road.  This bold move was done under the eyes of both the race referee and the TV Moto.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at and will be included in my soon to be self published book of the 101st Tour de France art, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre-order a copy, or to discover how you can be a part of bringing the art of the sport we love to print, please visit  There are some excellent incentives for backers at every level starting at $5 USD.  Everyone who backs the project will have their name included in the special thanks page.  If you would like to purchase this painting directly, just follow the link at the end of this post.

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