Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tour, Stage 12: Rolland Attacks

The French leader of the American team, Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) was the first of the top of the leader board to attack the Team Sky controlled peloton.  As the lead group containing the Maillot Jaune road up the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux, the Frenchman must have felt like he had the legs to leave all of the others behind.  Rolland had been suffering in the Pyrennes so perhaps he is coming good for the second half of the Tour.  Team Sky has a very annoying habit (unless you are a Sky fan) of not chasing per se, but simply riding a hard enough tempo that escapees seem to just be drawn back into the fold, sort of like a space ship tractor beam a la Star Trek.  Regardless of how they do it, Rolland was not off of the front for long, in fact he went from off the front to off the back a little too quickly.

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.

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