Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dauphine, Final Stage: Sprinting for Second

Both Dan Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) were fighting it out for second place.  Oddly, both succeed.  Martin got the second place on the stage and the six bonus seconds moved him in to third overall for the 68th Criterium du Dauphine.  Bardet missed second on the stage but his time and the two second bonus put him into second overall.  Ever vigilant Team Sky was represented by Wouter Poels who finished fourth on the stage, but it may be argued that he, Sergio Henao, Mikel Landa and Chris Froome boxed in Richie Porte (BMC) to ensure that he couldn't overtake Froome in the closing meters of the day (although gaining six seconds and a time bonus was highly unlikely).  In the end, no harm no foul, and it most likely was completely innocent.  But in the words of some NASCAR driver, "That's racing."

This will do it for me until the start of the Tour de France in just 19 days.  Now it is time to focus on some other projects.  See you in July!

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created 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  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.