Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tour, Stage 14: Water Boy

When I use to bartend (ah yes, the life of an artist), I had one group of regulars who would call me by saying, "Oh, water boy!"  It did amuse me, although that may have more to do with how well they tipped than the cuteness of the joke.

Every member of the team has a job to do, sometimes those jobs change based on the stage or their GC position.  One of the jobs of a domestique is to drop back to the team cars that are riding behind the peloton in the race caravan and bring water bottles and energy gels back up to this teammates.  Today the duty of stuffing his jersey full of bidons fell to Brice Feillu (Fortuneo Vital Concepts).  After getting as many bottles as he can, he will then ride back up through the following vehicles and then work his way through the peloton passing them out to his teammates along the way.  By taking this duty on, the others who may be high on the general classification, or the team's sprinter/lead-out train, can save their energy for their task in the team.

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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