Friday, July 15, 2016

Tour, Stage 13: Pushing It Home

The American, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) got out of the saddle and pushed it all of the way home on the final kilometer of today's ITT.  Van Garderen is noted for his time trial prowess, but the course or the Tour got the better of him today.  He was the faster of his team's co-leaders, but fell behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the general classification by two seconds.  He is now sitting in sixth place overall, but he is only 34 seconds off of the podium in Paris.  It seems that today's time trial did little to widen the gaps on the top ten riders of the 2016 Tour de France.  It was a day off ups and downs for the riders both literally  out on course, and figuratively for those who rode well or not respective of their positions on the general classification.

With tomorrow expected to be a day for the sprinters, it should be a day off in the GC battle.  However, two days ago that was the expectation, but instead the winds dashed the last hopes of some, there were only four guys that came to the line together, and one of those was Chris Froome (Team Sky).  It was a sprinter, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), who took the day, just not in the predicted bunch sprint.

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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