Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tour, Stage 15: Unfortunate

Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) was having a great day in the mountains.  He had made it into the breakaway that stayed away.  He had hung with all of the climbers in the group over 4 categorized climbs.  And had even successfully attacked the leaders of the stage on the way down the back side of the Grand Colombier.  Off camera, something went wrong for the young Frenchman and he simply disappeared from the screen.  He was later picked up trying to adjust his bike on the side of the road.  The camera watched him and those he had left on the descent as they speed by.  Alaphilippe did not seem to be bloodied, so it may have been only a mechanical, but it still cost him his lead on the stage.  At least, it didn't cost him some skin as well.  He eventually got a new bike from his team car (not wanting to repeat the mistake of taking a bike from neutral service that may not work with his cleats).  By then he could only join the third group on the road.

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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