Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tour, Stage 4: Shoulder to Shoulder

I didn't think the finish could get harder to call then yesterday, but here it is today.  Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) closed fast on the fading sprinters.  He was able to utilize his smaller stature to fly up the hill, whereas those like Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) had to rely on their bigger engines to overcome their bigger scale.  Right at the line, Kittel and Coquard locked shoulders, but the stronger Kittel was able to power through the contact taking the victory by the very narrowest of margins.  Coquard was amongst it yesterday claiming third on the stage, today he moved up one better.  Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) went to early for the uphill climb and faded away to 5th on the stage.  On the right of the painting you can see the tricolore kit of the French National Champion, Arthur Vichot (FDJ).  On the left, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) tried to defend his Maillot Vert, but in the end surrenders it back to Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) who finished fourth on the day.  Since Sagan is still in Yellow, Cavendish will head to the start line tomorrow still in green.  Tomorrow, though, does not look like a day for the sprinters, it will be time for the climbers and puncheurs to show their stuff.

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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