Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tour Stage 20: Whipping Around the Corner

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) started the only Time Trial of the 101st Tour de France in second place just barely ahead of his countryman and former teammate, Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R).  The younger French man, did all he could to stay even with Peraud but even with the AG2R rider's flat tire, the wearer of the White Jersey of best young rider was not able to best the older Frenchman.  Pinot road has hard as he could taking every necessary risk to save as many seconds as possible.  While losing the Maillot Blanche was not a realistic prospect, he wanted to ensure that he stayed on the podium in Paris.  This is the best showing by the French in their home Tour in forty years, today confirming their hold on second and third place and the White Jersey.  Along the way their have garnered two stage victories and treated their fans to some serious bike racing.  With a third young countryman in the top six, the future of French cycling is very bright indeed.  This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at and will be part of my soon to be self published book of Tour de France artwork, "Book de Tour."  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, or to discover how you can be a part of bringing this stunning Tour de France to print, please visit  There are some excellent Backer Rewards for those who choose to pledge their support, including artist signed copies of the book, original art, postcards and even a copies of the book signed by the eventual winner of the Tour, Vincenzo Niblai.  If you would like to purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.

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