Friday, July 25, 2014

Tour Stage 18: He Has Done What He Wanted

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) seems to have been able to do whatever he wanted on the bike.  He picked up his fourth stage win on the top of one of the fabled monsters of the Pyrenees, the Hautacam.  He apparently gave away the Yellow Jersey for one stage to give his team a break, and then took it back at will.  He has won on a climb in the United Kingdom, in the Alps and now in the Pyrenees.  I think he wanted today's stage victory to say to all that this Tour was his and he would have had the better of whomever had been there to race against him.  As he raised his arms in celebration, he was joined by those in the team car behind apparently allowed to follow their victorious rider to the line, rather than being required to turn off as per usual.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at This painting will also be included in my soon to be self published collection of all of my 101st Tour de France artwork in the "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the project, or to pre order your copy, or to discover how to become a part of bringing this beautiful race to print, please visit  To purchase this painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post, but don't you want to get a copy of the book too?  Sure you do!

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