Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tour, Stage 5: Starting the Party Early

With roughly six minutes in hand over the peloton, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and his team director had plenty of time to savor their collective moment.  Van Avermaet put over five minutes between himself and the former top of the leader board.  At this point, the man in second, Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep), while he started the day in the same GC position, it was then only a difference of 10 seconds to the former Yellow Jersey of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).  Those who hope to wear the Maillot Jaune on the Champs Elysees, will have a much tougher time of taking the lead from Van Avermaet than he had grabbing the jersey for himself.  Most of the contenders came home together with the notable exception of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) who is apparently in a lot more pain from his early crash then he is letting anyone know.

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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