Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tour, Stage 9: Not Amused!

There have been countless incidents with vehicles both motorcycles and cars versus the peloton, or riders while out training.  The most serious of which was between a motorcycle and Antonie Demoitie (IAM Cycling) that resulted in the death of the professional cyclist.  Much has been said about how to fix the problem but little has been done.  Part of the problem arises with narrow and challenging European roads, TV and press photographers trying to cover the race, and way too many paying (or not) VIPs getting a look at the race close up.

As Jesus Herrada (Movistar) was just catching back up to his break away companions when one of the motos carrying a photographer decided it was the time to get a different angle on the race.  The moto took the line that should have been left for the struggling cyclist.  Herrada was justifiable pissed that he had to break his rhythm to avoid a crash.  He gave the equivalent of the bird to the driver, who sheepishly tried to avoid eye contact, or being around the aggrieved Spaniard.  He did rejoin the group and he stayed upright.

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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