Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tour, Stage 8: Changing Bikes

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) surprised everyone yesterday by actually extending his lead on the main GC rivals instead of surrendering the Maillot Jaune as expected.  Today however, the wings given to those wearing yellow seem to have flown elsewhere.  The opening of the first hour of the stage covered 31 miles an unbelievable pace with the four climbs facing the peloton in the final two thirds of the stage.  At the base of the Col du Tourmalet (an HC climb) Van Avermaet had to swap bikes, not sure why, but as he swung his leg over is back up steed, the lack of yellow handlebar tape may well have been an omen for the rest of his day.

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%202016/2821633-49-224974/PaintingChanging%20Bikes%20TdF49-Greig-Leach.html#.V4Hd3rgrLIU