Monday, July 18, 2016

Tour, Stage 16: Helping Hand

I'm back to using the title to open up the interpretation about what is happening in the painting.  Needless to say, the sprinters on a given team get quite a bit of help to be successful at what they do for the team.  Conversely, they will help out in anyway they can in return.  The rather successful sprinter for Etixx-Quickstep, Marcel Kittel, had a flat tire once the Tour had crossed into Switzerland.  As he pulled over the his team car already knew which wheel to bring with them.  Kittel held the rear of the his bicycle in the air so that the mechanic could concentrate on making the change as quickly as possible.  As the wheel was almost ready to go, another member of the team's support personnel ran up from the car, ready to push Kittel back on his way.  With so much of the stage yet to cover, there was no panic about Kittel rejoining the race.  However, the last couple of kilometers were not going to play to the German sprinter's strengths, so it most likely wouldn't be his day.

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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