Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tour de France Stage 1: Many First

The 102nd Tour de France got underway today with a short individual time trial through the streets of Utrecht in the Netherlands.  Daniel Teklehaimanet (MTN-Qhubeka) was the first of 190 men to ride down the ramp and out into the opening stage of the Tour.  Teklemhaimanet is the first Eritrean to race the Tour and this is his team's first opportunity to ride in the race around France.  With his departure from the start gate, today is the first time that the Tour has ever started in the Dutch city of Utrecht.  So this painting does represent quite a few firsts for the Tour and for my project of painting every stage of the race every day.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  This painting and all of my cycling art is available for purchase through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.