Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tour, Stage 1: The Stage and the Jersey

Mark Cavendish's (Dimension Data) 27 career stage win in the Tour de France will almost definitely be his most memorable!  After years of dominating the sprints of the Tour only to never wear a Yellow Jersey, finally, today's victory also puts him in the Maillot Jaune that he has always hoped for.  He has stated that he has two goals for his 2016 season, one to win a Yellow Jersey in the Tour and the other, to win gold in Rio.  He is now half way there!  Cavendish sprinted pass a fading Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) to claim the stage into Utah Beach.  The only sprinter who was close to matching the speed of the Manx Missile was the Gorilla himself, Andre Greipel.  Alas, Greipel had started from too far back to get better than fourth on the day.  With an up hill sprint to the line tomorrow, it is doubtful that Cavendish will hold Yellow, but then he was considered a long shot for today...

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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