Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tour Stage 8: Smiling in the Rain

The men of the Tour faced heavy rain, lightening, thunder and three steep climbs in rapid succession as they road to claim glory in one of the three Grand Tours.  Blel Kadri (AG2R) went in the early breakaway and then attacked his compatriots at the foot of the Col de la Croix des Moinats.  He was not the first to launch an attack from the break away, but he was the first to get to the top of that Col.  That could have been enough for the Frenchman, it did put him into the Polka Dot Jersey of the King of the Mountains.  But he kept going, collecting the maximum points on the following climb up the Col de Grosse Pierres, hitting the base of the final climb to the mountain top finish all on his own.  At the top, Kadri had the honor of being the first Frenchman to raise his arms in victory at the end of a stage in the 101st Tour de France.  Chapeau!  This is an original small watercolor and ink painting that is available through my artist website at  This painting will appear in my soon to be self published, "Book de Tour" a collection of my paintings and writing on the 2014 Tour de France.  To learn more about the book project, to pre order your copy, and to discover how to become a part of bring this art of racing to print please visit my kickstarter site at  There are some great incentives for those of you who chose to back the project, all are listed at the link above.  If you would like to purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.