Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tour, Stage 14: His Fourth!

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) had an expression of pure joy as he crossed the line in Villars les Dombres Parc des Oiseaux.  Holding up four fingers that signified each of his four stage victories in this Tour he shouted with joy at his return to the top of his game.  Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) did not seem to share the Manx Missile's joy.  The Maillot Vert took third on the day which reduced the gains in the points competition that Cavendish's win had earned the sprinter for Team Dimension Data.  The shoulder you can see behind the green jersey of Sagan is that of John Degenkolb (Giant Alpecin).  His fourth place on the day shows that he is returning to form after his horrible training accident earlier in the season.  Most of the team was hit head on by a car that had crossed to the wrong side of the road injury many (though fortunately killing none).  Degenkolb was the worst off of the group.  He still does not have full use of one of his hands.  Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) claimed second on the day, and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) rounded out the top five.  Kittel through his hand in disgust feeling that Cavendish had cut him off impeding his sprint to the line.  The judges didn't see it his way.  Today may be the last time we see this quintet in front of the peloton until the last stage in Paris.

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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