Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tour Stage 15: Half the Road

Team BMC was prepared, if not hoping for a change of direction that would bring the strong winds across the peloton.  As they swung onto the roundabout the whole team hit the front, hard.  Speed and organization is part of the equation to split the peloton the other is to use the leeward half of the road, allowing only the team to get the advantage of the slipstream.  With strong side winds, each ride rides at a forty five degree angle to the man in front, like a flying vee of a flock of geese.  If it is done correctly, the last man in line for the team is on the very edge of the road, thus providing no shelter for the other teams.  In this way, huge gaps can open if riders miss the wheel in front and half to push into the wind on their own.  Ever vigilant, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) saw the move forming and sprinted up to the line of BMC.  He left his team behind, but he wasn't about to let Tejay van Garderen gain any time on this stage either.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  The painting will appear along with all of my 101st Tour de France paintings into my soon to be self published cycling art book, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your own copy, or to discover how you can become involved in bringing the 2014 Tour de France to print, please visit  There are some fabulous incentives for those who choose to back this projects, rewards start at just $5 USD, and you can get an artist signed copy for only $25 USD, any amount contributed will get your name printed on the Special Thanks page of the book, even for just a $1 pledge.  If you would like to purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post, but you know you want a copy of this visual treasure of the Tour too.

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