Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tour Stage 17: Holding On

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) having bonked the day before, losing over 5 minutes, was holding tough on the final climb of the short and steep day.  He had glued himself to the wheels of the two Frenchmen just ahead of him on the General Classification, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (AG2R) who had hung tough with the Yellow Jersey of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).  As this foursome entered the small mountain town of Soulon, it was Bardet's teammate, Jean-Chirstophe Peraud who attacked again, this time on the uphill.  Hoping to achieve the same gap that Bardet had gotten on the previous descent.  While Nibali has the lead all put in the bag, all of the other placings on the GC are within four minutes of each other, second through fifth are only a two minute spread.  These gaps, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sitting second overall and off of the back of this group meant they would be racing all of the way to the summit.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  This artwork along with all of my watercolors of the 101st Tour de France will be included in my soon to be self published tome, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your own copy, to learn about the incentives for those who choose to support the project and to discover how you can become a part of bringing this Tour de France to print, please visit  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  But wouldn't you love to have all of the paintings in a lovely signed book?  Sure you would!

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