Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tour, Stage 1: The Arrival of the Peloton

When asked about the changes of the break away succeeding all the way to the end of the stage, Jens Voigt (now commentating for NBC Sports) replied, "as much as a drop of water in hell."  So beautifully put, and so accurately as well.  Anthony Delaplace (Fortuneo Vital Concept) glances back over his shoulder to discover that the peloton is very close behind indeed.  Delaplace and his companion, Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac) were the last two left off the front of the original break away.  Coincidentally, the pair had a bit of a struggle getting across to the now missing three from the original escape.  Delaplace would eventually garner the "most agressive rider" prize for his efforts on the day.  Perhaps a bit of a French bias, n'est pas?

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.