Monday, July 18, 2016

Tour, Stage 16: Off on Their Own

It seems that every stage has had an early break away, but never one of this calibre.  It may have been that Tony Martin and Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) were hoping that others would join in the effort, but once you get off the front, you kind of have to go for it.  Martin is a four time World Time Trial Champion and is the current German National Champion.  The skill set that has earned him those titles would definitely come in handy on trying to stay off the front of the peloton for the 180 kilometers left to race.  Alaphilippe has a great wheel to follow, and since Martin is his teammate, he will be allowed to do a much smaller share of the work.  Add in that both of these riders are over an hour behind the Maillot Jaune, it will only be those who want to win the stage into Bern who will try to chase the French and German duo down.

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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