Sunday, March 12, 2017

Paris Nice, Final Stage: Anything Left?

This pair, David de la Cruz (Quickstep) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) had caught and dropped the flagging Marc Soler (Movistar) and came to the line together for the stage victory.  The vastly more experienced Contador had managed to get de la Cruz to lead the duo onto the final straightaway.  De la Cruz looked back over his shoulder and must have felt that Contador had nothing left for a sprint.  He was right.  De la Cruz took the win on the Promenade des Anglais and the ten second time bonus.  That left a six second bonus for Contador.  Unfortunately for the man who lost the race by four seconds last year, Contador, the Colombian, Sergio Henao (Sky) was able to pull back enough time to end the day holding onto the Maillot Jaune by TWO SECONDS.  In the post race interview, Contador seem almost non-plus about the results.  Perhaps it is his Spanish nature, or just having won every Grand Tour more than once, and this race twice in the past, he just knows what racing is all about.

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Paris Nice, Final Stage: Tete de la Course

Marc Soler (Movistar) decided to play the roll of spoiler on the final kilometers into Nice.  Ironically, after refusing to assist Contador in the chase earlier, he called unsuccessfully to get his two remaining escapees to aid in his efforts.  Being denied, he attacked near the summit of the Col d'Eze, taking the KOM points (which mattered little to everyone), and the bonus seconds at the final intermediate sprint.  The sprint bonus seconds hurt Contador's bid for Yellow, leaving him only two seconds gained in d'Eze.  Behind, the group containing the Yellow Jersey was slowly clawing back precious seconds on the three escapes.  Now they were racing for a stage victory and its bonus seconds.  Should Contador take the stage, the 10 bonus seconds, he would most likely be able to claim the final Maillot Jaune.  Right now, that was in the legs of Soler, but Contador had another rival with him, David de la Cruz (Quickstep).

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Paris Nice, Final Stage: Chasing

With the surprise attack of the duo from Trek-Segafredo but the Maillot Jaune of Sergio Henao (Sky) into some serious jeopardy, in fact, at this point Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was the virtual leader of the race on the road.  Henao had started with a 31 second buffer on the former winner of Paris Nice (and a great deal of other major races), so he need to be very aware of the time splits going forward.  And he needed to pay attention to any bonus seconds Contador may be able to pick up at the intermediate sprint or the finish.  Behind the Maillot Jaune, many were defending their positions and unwilling to assisted the Colombian.  On his wheel was the Basque Jon Izauirre (Bahrain Merida), the Maillot Vert of Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) follow by yesterday's stage winner, Richie Porte (BMC) and Jakob Fulgsang (Astana).  In the distance you can make out the sole figures of other riders that were finding the final climb of Paris Nice just too, too much.

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Paris Nice, Final Stage: The Fruit of His Labors

Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) had ridden hard in the 7th stage of the race and was rewarded with the Polka Dots of the King of the Mountain for his labors.  Not willing to wear the jersey for just one day (as Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) had prior to surrendering it to Calmejane), he got himself over the tops of the first four climbs on the day, thus ensuring that he will finished the day as the over all winner of the King of the Mountains once he crosses the line in Nice.  Calmejane had the advantage of being shepherded by the very experienced and successful Sylvain Chavanel.  Riding in this group at the start of the final climb, Col d'Eze were Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and surprisingly the sprinter, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida).

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Paris Nice, Final Stage: Do Some Work!

After sprinting away from the peloton with the help of his teammate, Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo), Alberto Contador quickly caught up with the large break away that was just up the road.  He was able to slip up to the front of the group and use them to slow down Sergio Henao's chase.  Contador started to get a bit frustrated as the break away simply jumped onto the Spaniard's wheel and didn't contribute to the effort.  He repeatedly turned around to gesture to those following to come forward and do a pull.  On his wheel was Marc Soler (Movistar) who wasn't about to help Contador put time into his team leader, and I doubt Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) had much to offer.  Finally, the UAE Abu Dhabi riders, Simone Petilli and Diego Ulissi came to the front to give a bit of a break to the gesticulating Spaniard.

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Paris Nice, Final Stage: Hitting Hard

As soon as Philip Deignan (Sky) swung off of the front of the peloton were he was working for his team leader (and Yellow Jersey wearer), Sergio Henao, Jarlison Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) attacked the Maillot Jaune pulling his team leader Alberto Contador along.  The Trek-Segafredo duo seemed to be laying in wait for the moment to pounce.  Contador has a tradition of not waiting to the final climb of the day to go on the offensive.  Adding to that is the fact that he started the day 31 seconds behind the Colombian, Sergio Henao.  Riding on the wheel of the Yellow Jersey is Dan Martin (Quickstep).  He doesn't want to aid in the chase because he has a teammate up the road.  At this point he can afford to let Contador go, and worry about his over all placing as they get closer to Nice.

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Paris Nice, Final Stage: Opening Up a Gap


Even though there was a large break away up the road, these three decided that there just wasn't a hard enough pace in the peloton, so off they went in search of stage glory.  Up the road Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) was grabbing up all of the King of the Mountain points, by the summit of this climb he made sure that he would be the winner of the Polka Dot Jersey for the whole of this year's race.  All he has to do is make sure he finished along the coast in Nice.  The trio of David de la Cruz (Quickstep), Simone Petilli (UAE Abu Dhabi) and Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) used the upper slopes of the penultimate climb of the day, the Cote de Peille to simply ride the others off of their wheels.  Not only was this the penultimate climb of the day it was the same for the entire 75th Paris Nice.

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: Evenly Matched

The two leaders of their respective teams found themselves riding shoulder to shoulder past the melting snow with just one kilometer left to race.  Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and the Colombian champion, Sergio Henao (Sky) seemed to be evenly matched, but out ridden by Richie Porte (BMC).  Henao was higher on the GC then Contador, so if the Spaniard wanted to take over the Maillot Jaune, he was going to have to attack the Colombian.  He did, but wasn't able to get enough of a gap to close the time difference.  With Alaphilippe down the mountain side, it was Henao that would be wearing the Maillot Jaune for the final stage into the streets of Nice.

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: Something to Prove

The defending champion of Paris Nice had something to prove on the way to the highest summit ever in the Race to the Sun.  Richie Porte (BMC) had lost big chunks of time in the early stages of the race, so he had some honor to regain against those he left behind near the top of the Col de la Couillole.  He looks back over his shoulder and can see that Alberto Contado (Trek-Segafredo), Sergio Henao (Sky), Dan Martin (Quickstep) and Jakob Fulgsang (Astana) had all fanned out across the road.  None of them were willing to do the chase and drag the others back up to the front of the race.  For the record, Porte did prove that he had the legs to climb, and took the Queen's stage of the 75th Paris Nice.  But behind was the race for the Maillot Jaune.

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: Trading in the Maillot Jaune

Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) was unable to go with the big accelerations from the domestiques of Sergio Henao (Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).  He quickly lost contact with the main peloton and had his faithful assistant, David de la Cruz to help him limited his losses.  Alaphilippe could take some comfort from knowing that his teammate Dan Martin was still hanging tough with the heads of the climbing state.  He can find further comfort in realizing that while he may not keep the Maillot Jaune, he will be holding the Maillot Blanc since the next closes in that classification has already been dropped.  Joining the Quickstep duo, but not offering any assistance, were Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Abu Dhabi).  Ulissi had been on the front of the race at the bottom of the climb, but just couldn't hold onto the peloton as it sped past.

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: Being Left Behind

The final ascent of the day was reeking havoc on many of the riders, some with a bit of a pedigree in the mountains.  All of the sprinters had already formed the l'autobus and were trailing even this duo by roughly a half hour.  Both Pierre Rolland (Cannondale Drapac) and Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain Merida) were finding the multiple climbs and the pace of the peloton to be too much.  As they neared the tunnel, the light just seemed to go out of their eyes as they labored up the mountain.  It can be very encouraging when even the Mavic neutral service vehicle leaves you to fend for yourself.

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: In Pursuit

This trio comprised of Cyril Gautier (Ag2r La Mondiale), Quentin Pacher (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Abu Dhabi) were trying to chase down the lone Frenchman who was just up the road.  The three certainly had the advantage of numbers now that the four had reached the valley roads ahead of the final climb up the Col de la Couillole.  Unfortunately for them, the peloton wasn't far behind, and all of the General Classification were looking to use the mountain top finish to put time into their rivals.

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: Looking Through the Turn

Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) was on a brilliant ride for the Queen's Stage of the 75th Paris Nice.  He had gotten himself into the early break and took maximum points on all of the climbs.  By the time he got to the top of the penultimate climb of the day up the Col Saint Martin, he was on his own having dropped all of his break away companions.  All he had to do was stay upright to the finish and he would become the next to wear the Polka Dot Jersey of the King of the Mountains.  Part of staying up right is looking through the turns so that you can pick the best line that will hold the highest speed through the corner.  Since this was an intersection, there was no banking to help keep him on course.  Fortunately he made it through easily.  Now could he keep a small gap across the valley floor and up to the summit of the Col de la Couillole?

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Paris Nice, Stage 7: Testing the Legs

Today has been dubbed the Queen Stage, the next to last stage of this year's Paris Nice.  And it was a doosey of a stage, too.  The peloton faced three category 1 climbs and a category 2 along the way, the third category one summit was the end of the stage atop the Col de la Couillole.  On the penultimate climb of the day, Jakob Fulgsang (Astana) decided he would have a stretch of his legs and see just how much of a gab he could open up on the following peloton.  Too many in the group behind knew of Fulgsang's strength, so there was no letting the Dane go.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Paris Nice, Stage 6: For the Cameras

Obviously, Simon Yates (Orica Scott) was delighted with his stage victory in Fayence.  He was giving jubilant shouts and enthusiastic gestures to the crowd all caught by the hordes of press photographers seemingly sitting in formation.  I was struck by how similar the press core's positioning reminded me of the gun battle formations used by British soldiers in the American Revolutionary War.  I know, I have silly things rolling around in my head that sometime sneaks onto my computer screen.  Never the less, well done Simon!

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Paris Nice, Stage 6: Good News!

The method of delivering the time gaps may be a bit archaic, but seeing the chalkboard telling Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) telling him that the peloton was 55 seconds behind had to lift the young Brits spirits.  Then to see both the time gap and the red kite signifying that there was only one kilometer left to race, had to give him all the energy he needed to claim the stage.  Behind, the peloton was sparring with each other trying to gain just a few seconds on each other.  Ultimately, those behind didn't really change their race standings much at all.

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Paris Nice, Stage 6: On the Move

The pace setting by Mikel Neive for his team leader Sergio Henao (Sky) wasn't enough to either shake the Maillot Jaune of Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) nor stop the attacks of stage hopefuls.  One of those who was able to jump out of the small peloton containing the Yellow Jersey was Simon Yates (Orica Scott).  Yates is wearing the Maillot Blanc of the Best Young Rider of the race.  Actually, the jersey belongs to Alaphilippe, but since he is already wearing the yellow, Yates wears it as the second best young rider in this Paris Nice.  Yates was over two minutes down on the race lead, so no one was all that eager to chase after his attack.

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Paris Nice, Stage 6: Damn, They're Here!

Eduardo Sepulveda (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) must have been disappointed when he looked back over his shoulder and saw the closing Sky led peloton.  Alessandro Di Marchi (BMC) seemed more resigned to the inevitable capture so didn't seem to find the need to look over his shoulder.  With the last of the break now cauight, it was only a matter of time before the attacks for stage victory or placing on the general classification.

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Paris Nice, Stage 6: On to the Climb

For the first time in the 75th Paris Nice, the familiar sight of a peloton being lead by the boys in black of  Team Sky.  By this point it was Sebastian Henao (Sky) followed by his cousin and Colombian National Champion, Sergio Henao.  Waiting in the wings to take over for Sebastian on the front was Mikel Nieve.  Just a  guy or two back you can  just see the Yellow Jersey on the back of the young Frenchman, Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep).

The peloton was now climbing up to the end of the stage before heading back out for another lap around the countryside near Fayence.  They were just 30 seconds behind the last two members of the early morning break.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Paris Nice, Stage 6: An Attacking Duo

As this duo of Eduardo Sepulveda (Fortuneo Vital Concept) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) went up the slopes of Col de Bourigallle, they were all that was left of the early break away.  Just behind the two attackers was the neutral service moto, ready to provide a quick wheel change for either rider given how far back their team cars are.  The other moto is one belonging to race officials, keeping an eye on just what the pair were up to.  Early in this year's Paris Nice, Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) was pulled out of the race for getting to much assistance from his team car.  He was holding on to the car while bogus repairs were being "made" as he was dragged back into the race.  Today, everything was on the up and up.

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Paris Nice, Stage 5: Embracing His Victory

The Gorilla, also known as Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), through his arms wide as he cross the line first iin Bourg de Peage.  Greipel has been close a couple of times thus far, but he must feel truly relieved to have his stage win before the road starts getting lumpy tomorrow.  In the shadow of his outstretched arms were Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo).  Demare's second place on the day earned him the outright ownership of the Maillot Vert of most consistent sprinter.  It is now unlikely that either Degenkolb nor Groenwegen, let alone Marcel Kittel (Quickstep) will get a stage win in the 75th Paris Nice.

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Paris Nice, Stage 5: Preparing to Launch

With just over a kilometer left to race, it was full on on the the front of the peloton.  As always, it was a combination of sprinters wanting to take the stage, and GC contenders trying to stay at the front to avoid trouble or splits that could result in lost seconds.  Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has his guys on the front hoping to make his Sprinter's Green Jersey that was on loan from Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) into his own.  Around the Frenchman were some other hopefuls including John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and lead out men for Sunweb and LottoNL-Jumbo, as well as his own pilot fish.

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Paris Nice, Stage 5: Leaving the Others

Remy Di Gregorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) knew that the peloton would soon be upon this quartet, so on a small rise out of town, he decided to see if he could create the surprise.  At first it seemed that the other three weren't interested in chasing the fleeing Frenchman, but Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) eventually caught back up to Di Gregorio's wheel.  Ironically, it was Di Gregorio who was finally caught first by the charging peloton, not that it was much longer before everyone was back in the fold.

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Paris Nice, Stage 5: Ever Hopeful

The early break had been larger, as had their gap on the peloton, but this foursome of Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Remy Di Gregorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Foruneo-Vital Concept) and Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale) were able to keep working together.  As they worked to stay off the front, hoping against hope that they would make it to the end of the stage, the peloton was getting it together for a sprint royale.

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 www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  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.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Paris Nice, Stage 5: Lantern Rouge

The honorific of Lantern Rouge is usually reserved for the rider in last place on the general classification, however Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale Drapac) is only one spot (30 seconds) removed from the honor.  Today he was spending his time hanging on to the tail end of the peloton (until he lost contact near the end of the stage).  Just ahead of the American are the Eritrean Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain-Merida) and Gatis Smukulis (Delko Marseille Provence KTM).

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 www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  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.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Paris Nice, Stage 4: The Final Meters

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while now, you will know that I enjoy playing word games with the titles of the paintings.  This one has two possible interpretations, first the obvious, it is just a few meters left on course for the race leader, Arnaud Demare (FDJ).  Secondly, these are the final that he will be wearing the Maillot Jaune in the 75th Paris Nice.  Demare was well aware that today would be the day that he lost the jersey, an uphill time trial doesn't exactly play to his strengths.  But better to have worn Yellow and lost it than to have never worn it at all.

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 www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  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.

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Paris Nice, Stage 4: Cheering Him On

French cycling fans, and indeed fans from all over Europe, are very enthusiastic about their sport, but none more so as when one of their own flies past them.  Particularly if they are doing as well on the day (and the race) as Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep).  Alaphilippe started the day in second place overall and in the White Jersey of best young rider.  He was hoping to exchange white for yellow at the end of the day.  A hope that could well be realized since the Yellow Jersey of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) is on more of a sprinter than a climber like Alaphilippe.  What wasn't expected was that the young French man would not only claim the Yellow Jersey, but the stage as well.  Chapeau!

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 www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  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.

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Paris Nice, Stage 4: In the Last Turn

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) has been keeping a low profile thus far, but in the individual time trial, there is no place to hide.  Fortunately for the Russian, he had now reason to hide nor to be ashamed of his performance today.  He just missed upsetting the time of Alberto Contador, but his ride today kept him well within striking distance of the Yellow Jersey as the race moves southwards.

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 www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  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.

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Paris Nice, Stage 4: Dancing Up the Hill

Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) sporting his new team's kit, was another of those pre-race favorites who lost time on the first stage of the race.  Unlike Porte, he has been fighting to stay close on the general classification.  Today he hopes to combine his climbing abilities with his time trial prowess to move back into contention for the Yellow Jersey.  Contador laid down strong early time splits and took over the lead on the day as he crossed the finish line atop Mont Brouilly.

Today's stage started in Beaujeu and rode through the vineyards made famous by Beaujeulais wines every fall.

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 www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  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.

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