Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tour, Stage 18: Turning for Home

The final twists and turns had caught out a few of the riders on their way to the line.  Fortunately for Fabio Aru (Astana) he wasn't one of those that smacked into the barriers.  Aru road a blistering pace that earned him third on the day and solidified his seventh overall.  Aru has been showing why the Astana has been putting this much confidence in the young Italian.  He has proven to be a fitting replacement for team leader since Vincenzo Nibali didn't feel that he could pull off the double of the winning the Giro d'Italia (he did) and the Tour de France (he won't).  Up until Nairo Quintana took the Tour by storm 4 years ago, I don't think I even knew what the Colombian flag looked like.  Now I have seen it all along the roadside of this Tour, every stage, every day.  The Colombian fans are not being treated to a great Tour by Quintana, but Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) has sure stepped into the breach.

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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