Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tour, Final Stage: On to the Champs Elysees

After thousands of kilometers, days of wind and rain, countless climbs, road rash, mental and physical exhaustion, crazed fans, aggressive press crews and millions of pedal strokes, the peloton finally swung on to the fabled Champs Elysees and headed up to the l'Arc du Triomphe.  I know I had goose bumps as the jets flew over head trailing the colors of the French flag, I do not doubt that every one in the race felt the same.  The air force timed it to perfection flying over the peloton just as they crossed what will be the finish line in just eight laps.  As Team Sky lead the race onto the course, it was now time for the days racing to begin.  It was nice to see that Sky and the peloton gave Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) a chance to lead everyone on to the Champs for his last race across these cobbles.  Tucked onto the back of the peloton is the Maillot Blanc of Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange).  He may have missed the podium by a few seconds but he does go out with the title of Best Young Rider.  I'm looking forward to watching him over the coming seasons.

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 www.greigleach.com.  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.

To buy this painting, follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202016/2828449-157-224974/PaintingOn%20to%20the%20Champs%20Elysees-Greig-Leach.html#.V5U7EbgrLIV