Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tour Stage 14: Tejay Counters

With the summit of the last climb in the Alps in site, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) jumped out of the French led peloton, trying to catch the wheel of the already fleeing Vincenzo Niblai (Astana).  After his move, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) counter the attacks of the Spaniard and the Italian.  The American, van Garderen, wasn't going to let the two highest place men on the GC put anymore time into him if he could help it.  As van Garderen came up beside Valverde, the Movistar leader looked over to see who had caught him.  The American kept up the pressure and try as he might, Valverde couldn't hold onto the wheel of van Garderen.  Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (AG2R), now glued together, quickly saw that Valverde was cracking, and went after his second place in the GC with a vengeance.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at and it will appear in my soon to be self published, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre-order your copy, or to discover how to become involved in bringing the 101st Tour de France to print, please visit  There are some wonderful backer rewards all of which include the Backers name in print on the Special Thanks Page of the book.  Other incentives include an artist signed book, pins, original art, and a few lucky signed copies, signed by whomever wins this Tour de France.  If you would rather just purchase this particular painting, please follow the direct link at the end of this post, but wouldn't you rather have a copy of "Book de Tour" too?

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