Monday, July 27, 2015

Tour de France, Final Stage: Hitting the Bell Lap

After the peloton has rolled onto the Champs Elysees and the team with the Maillot Jaune has had there processional lap the racing can get underway in earnest.  Those who have made it all of the way to Paris covering over 2,000 miles on their bicycles make 10 laps of the heart of Paris from the Louve to the l'Arc de Triomphe and back.  So that the fast men know when it is all almost over, there is a bell wrung as each man enters the final lap of the day.  The French Air Force joined the announcement of the bell lap by flying low over the race trailing their tricolore of con air.  The fly by usually announces the arrival of the peloton, but this timing seemed to stir the passions even higher.

This is an original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson and Company,  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  To buy this particular painting for only $60 USD, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Be aware, since this is an original work of art, once it has sold, it is gone.  I would recommend not delaying.

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