Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tour, Stage 15: With Open Arms

With his arms flung wide, Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) celebrated his victory on the streets of Culoz.  Having been out sprinted for the line, Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) dropped his head in disappointment for not taking the stage along with claiming the Maillot a Pois.  The Polish Champion had been on the front for almost the entire stage, going with first one and then another rider, claiming mountain top summits all day long.  The duo only managed to keep the chase of Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ) at bay by six seconds.  Reichenbach moved up on the GC with the Maillot Jaune crossing the line just over three minutes later.  The Swiss rider moved up to 14th place overall.  Pantano may not have been the Colombian that all of Colombia wanted to see when a stage, but at least the country can now claim a stage win in the 103rd Tour de France.  The loser on the day was the American, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) who has now dropped to eighth overall.  I should note that Julian Alaphilippe came in fifth on the day 22 seconds off the Pantano's time.  Not a bad recovery from his mishap on the descent off of the Grand Colombier.

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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