Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tour of California, Stage 7: Finishing It Off

Alexander Kristoff (Katsuha) finished off the work that his teammates had put in for the last thirty miles.  The fast man from Norway has had a great early season and I am sure was frustrated to not have won the opening stage of this Tour.  Amazingly, he only narrowly beat out the sprint king, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) who had been out in the break for most of the stage and on his own for at least twenty miles.  How the World Champion had the legs to stay with the peloton is a surprise, but being able to contest the sprint with men who hadn't had their noses in the wind all day is something else altogether!  Brian Coquard (Direct Energie) managed a fourth on the day, being held off from the podium by Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky).  It should prove to be a very exciting final sprint tomorrow.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was painting using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company (  This painting along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  While you are at the website, be sure to check out my two cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" and, "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships".