Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tour, Stage 18: Back Underway

As the broadcast came back from commercial, this is what greeted my eyes.  Naturally I assumed Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) had crashed.  Nope.  He had a planned by change at the base of the climb.  Since this time trial was predominately uphill, riders were using all sorts of different variations of time trial versus road bike configurations.  The Katusha leader decided that rather than a hybrid of both bike technologies, he would simple switch from his time trial bike after covering the first flat four kilometers.  He then road the climb on the lighter road bike.  He did opt to take it all of the way to the line, which may have helped him get safely through the final corners at speed.  His mechanic managed to make the bike trade very quickly, aiding Rodriguez to finish in eighth place on the day.  I wonder if the skull and cross bones painted on the road was the reference point for where to make the change.

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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