Monday, September 28, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds: Leading the Chase

With less than two laps to go and a break up the road without a German teammate in it, Andre Greipel went to the front to chase it down.  The break had some really strong men in it including the about to be former World Champion, Michael Kwiatkowski (assuming he doesn't stay away), Elia Vivianni (Italy), Daniel Moreno (Spain), and of course the three that started the move, Bauke Mollema (Netherlands), Tom Boonen (Belgium), and Ian Stannard (UK).  The flat sections off of Monument Avenue through the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, plus the down hill section of downtown to the river was well suited for the strengths of the big German sprinter.  I guess we now know that the team is working for John Degenkolb.  Tucked right onto the wheel of the big German is the American Tyler Farrar, another sprinter playing the roll of super domestique.  The American team missed the power move as well.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  The works were done live in the middle of the Fanfest area across from the awards podium as the racing was going on.  Prints and the originals will be available before very long at www.richmond.com (the website of the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper).