Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tour Stage 17: Out of Spain into Polka Dots

The Tour de France dipped briefly into its fourth country on the way through the Pyrenees, slipping into Spain.  As the former champion of Spain, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), sprinted towards the summit of the Col de Portillon he became the Virtual King of the Mountains, going back ahead of Rafal Majka (Tinkoff Saxo) who took the Polka Dots off his back the day before.  Mick Rodgers fought to stick with Rodriquez, hoping to minimize the points that the Katusha rider grapped at the summit, defending his teammate's lead.  For Rodriquez, there is nothing like playing to the home fans.  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 collection of my art of the 101st Tour de France, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy or to learn how you can become part of bringing this most unusual Tour to print please visit,  There are some excellent Backer rewards for those who choose to back this project starting at just $5 USD and everyone who supports "Book de Tour" will have their name included on the Special Thanks page of the book.  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 the book too.

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