Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tour de France, Stage 12: Saluting the Fans

Roaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) cross the line all on his own having dropped, Jakob Fulgsang (Astana), the last man to attempt to hold the Spaniard's wheel.  With Spain just a few kilometers down the road, he blew kisses and gestured to the crowds surely filled with many of his fellow countrymen.  Rodriguez has now claimed to stage victories in the 102nd Tour de France and today marked his first long hoped for big mountain stage victory.  He was rewarded for his hard work by taking over the lead in the King of the Mountains competition.  Behind, while Nairo Quintana nor Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) were able to dislodge Chris Froome (Team Sky) from the lead, they were able to move their Movistar team into the lead in the team competition.  Finally, after all of his efforts to solo to a stage victory that came to naught, Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quickstep) will be wearing the red bib number of the day's Most Combative rider tomorrow.

This is an original small watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes that came from Jack Richeson & Company (, a small mid western family run art supply company with excellent art supplies.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  To purchase this painting for only $60 USD, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  International shipping is available.  Don't delay, it is a one of a kind original painting, so when it is gone, it is gone. 

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