Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tour, Stage 20: Flying to Victory

 Surprising everyone who had already attacked on the Col de Joux Plane, Ion Izaguirre (Movistar) gave everyone a lesson on how to go down a mountain in the rain.  Izaquirre went on to take the victory in Morine Avoriaz over four minutes ahead of the yellow jersey group and nineteen seconds ahead of the Colombian, Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling).  Izaguirre makes it a win for Spain and claims the stage that his team leader, Nairo Quintana, has been unable to deliver.  Now he can take home a stage victory in the Tour for the family, his brother, Gorka, crashed out of the Tour in stage 17.  Pantano now has one stage win and two second places in this Tour giving the scores of Colombian fans something to cheer about.

Today was the final day of real racing in the 103rd Tour de France.  Tomorrow the peloton will coast into Paris, provide a celebratory lab to the Yellow Jersey and his team, and then the sprinters and opportunists will vie for stage victory in the shadow of the l'Arc du Triomphe.

Early in the day the women's professional peloton will race on the Champs Elysees in the fourth edition of La Course.  I will be painting that race as well.  Look for both the last stage of the Tour and La Course here sometime in the next 36 hours.

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.

Be sure to check out my second cycling art book, Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships, available online or through your local book seller.

To buy this painting, follow this link:

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202016/2828178-153-224974/PaintingFlying%20to%20Victory%20TdF154-Greig-Leach.html#.V5RA0LgrLIU