Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tour, Stage 1: Caught Out

The open flat roads of Normandy combined with the winds off of the Atlantic and the English Channel, provided the peloton with yet another element to contend with.  The race course had the riders switching direction almost constantly.  A few like Borut Bozic (Cofidis) and Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida) were caught out by a strong crosswind and the acceleration of the front end of the peloton.  These eight or ten riders were left scrambling to catch back onto the fast disappearing tail of the leaders.  They could take comfort in knowing that the road was sure to change direction yet they could ill afford to lully-gag in hopes of it all coming back together.

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.

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