Friday, July 15, 2016

Tour, Stage 13: A Bobble in the Corner

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) knew he had to put in the time trial of his life today.  He was already over a minute behind the Maillot Jaune of Chris Froome (Sky) and Froome is far better against the clock than the diminutive Colombian.  Quintana was trying to carry as much speed as he could into every corner possible, but time trial bikes are not known for their cornering.  Add to the notorious handling of the aerodynamic bicycles the high winds that have plagued the peloton for the past couple of stages and it was a day frought with nerves, bobbles and lost seconds.  Fortunately it seems that all of the riders stayed tires down (perhaps Julian Alaphilippe had a spill) or at least didn't come to harm.  Half way through the course the leader of Movistar had already lost over fifty seconds to his rivals.  That is time that he will hope to make up in the Alps in the coming days.  He can be comforted knowing that the second time trial in this Tour will be an uphill effort - something more suited to the climber from Colombia.

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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