Friday, July 18, 2014

Tour Stage 13: Checking the Damage

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) found himself rather isolated after his right hand man, Jakob Fuglsang, went down on the descent of the Col du Palaquit.  He apparently hit another rider's water bottle and lost control of his bike at 50 miles per hour leaving a good deal of skin on the mountain.  Niblai sent a teammate back to help pace Fuglsang back, although there was little chance he would ever catch back on to the peloton of the elite of the Tour.  Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) noticing a chance to gain time on Nibali, put Jose Joaquim Rojas and the rest of his remaining teammates on the front to put pressure on all of those ahead of him on the General Classification.  Rojas, looked behing to see just how effective his efforts had been before he rolled off the front, and did his best to make it the rest of the way up the climb of  Chamrousse.  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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