Saturday, September 26, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds:Sprinting to the Rainbow

Lizzie Armistead (UK) raced a brilliant final kilometer to win the coveted Rainbow Jersey in the Women's Elite Road Race.  She lead the group of eight up the final climb and then sat on the front bringing the pace to a crawl.  It was as if she was daring the other women to try and out sprint her.  The only one who took the challenge was the winner of the second La Course race on the Champs Elysees, Anna Van Den Breggen.  The Dutch woman got the jump on the Brit, but didn't have the legs to sustain the effort on the false flat to the line.  Armistead turned her legs to claim the victory on the line by not much more than half of a bike.  Van Den Breggen held on for Silver and the fast closing Megan Guarimier (USA) grabbed the last step on the podium.  Those who missed out on the sprint were Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) 4th, Emma Johansson (Sweden) 5th, Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) 6th and Katarzyna Niewradonna (Poland) 7th.

This is an original small watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  These paintings are created live while watching the races through a feed provided by the Richmond 2015 Worlds organization.  For two more days, you will be able to watch me create the works live at the Fanfest area at 5th and Marshall Streets near the finish line.  You can also purchase either the originals or one of two different sizes of prints while you are there, or later at www.richmond.com.