Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tour Stage 20: Getting His Three Minute Man

One of these guys is having the ride of his life, the other not so much.  With all of the top ten close together in overall time, everyone had a lot to ride for.  Tejay van Garderen (BMC) was on fire catching Bauke Mollema (Belkin Pro Cycling) who was crawling around the course by comparison.  For the American, he was saving his placing and looking sure to move into fifth overall with a long shot at taking over fourth from the struggling Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).  Ultimately, van Garderen grabbed sixth on the stage but took over fifth for the ride into Paris, Mollema slipped down to eighth, ceding ground to the NetApp-Endura Tour rookie, Leopold Konig, who also was on great form today.  With 169 riders starting out in two or three minute intervals, it made for a long day for the spectators who lined the course.  Many came with picnics, lawn chairs and shade umbrellas to watch there favorites fly by.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website,, and it will appear in my soon to be self published complete collection of my Tour cycling art, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, or to discover how you can be part of bringing this race to print, please visit,  There are some great rewards for those who choose to back this effort, with an artist signed copy for only $25 USD, international shipping is available.  Anyone who pledges, regardless of the amount, will have their name included on the Special Thanks page of this unique visual treasure of the Tour.  If you would like to purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  But wouldn't you also like to have a copy of the book to go along with your painting?

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