Monday, September 12, 2016

Tour of Britain, Final Stage: Taking the Final One

Lotto Soudal played an unusual tactic in the final kilometer of the Tour of Britain.  It appeared the Jens Debusschere was the final lead out for their sprinter, Andre Greipel.  Instead, as they pair went under the flame rouge, Greipel let the wheel of his teammate go and slowed the progress of the other sprinters who had lined up on the German sprinter's wheel.  It was Boy Van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo) who first saw the ploy and went chasing the fleeing Debusschere.  He was followed by the Dutch National Champion, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo), but the pair were left in the dust of the fast man, Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange).  So in the end it was Ewan for the victory on the final stage in London, with Groenwegen taking second and Debusschere just holding on for third.  Steve Cummings' Yellow Jersey stayed on his shoulders, as all of the other jersey stayed on the shoulders of those who started the day wearing them.

This is most likely the last race I will paint until the UCI World Road Racing Championships in Doha, Qatar.  There had been a chance that I would be there painting the races live onsite, but that doesn't seem to have worked out.  So it goes.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.