Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tour, Stage 2: His First!

Long time readers of this blog will know that I love a title that has more than one interpretation and this one is now exception.  Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) grabbed his first stage win since 2013 by waiting patiently for others to launch their attacks, and for the last member of the break to be caught for that matter.  The wily Slovakian and World Champion forced Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) to go first.  He then easily came around the young Frenchman to claim the stage.  Surprising to me, the victory also claimed Sagan's first ever Maillot Jaune, one of the few jersey that can rival the rainbow stripes of World Champion.  Rounding out the podium finish was Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).  With the finish being a climb, any gaps in the peloton will have riders losing time today.  Notably, both Richie Porte (BMC) and Sagan's teammate, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) fell victim to the clock.

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 www.greigleach.com.  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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