Monday, July 16, 2018

Tour, Stage 9: His First

It is hard to believe, but today was John Degenkolb's first Tour de France stage win.  I may need to verify that one.  Degenkolb, a pure sprinter, came to the line with two classics riders, more puncheurs than sprinters.  Even though he was forced to launch his sprint from the front, neither Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) nor Yves Lampaert (Quick Step) were coming around the powerful German.  Van Avermaet increased his lead to 45 seconds over Ian Stannard (Sky) and the rest of the GC men.  BMC at least still has a Maillot Jaune to celebrate after a very depressing stage for their team leaders.  Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) took out the sprint for fourth in the chasing group, thus further solidifying his lead in the Maillot Vert.

Tomorrow is a rest day.  While the peloton will be flying down to the Alps, I will be trying to catch up on some sleep and other domestic duties.  I will be back at it again on Tuesday.  I hope you will be back to see the first mountain stage paintings.  And I hope that you will take the time to go to my You Tube channel and become a subscriber.  I do need your support.

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This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187732-48-251072/PaintingHis-First--T18-48.html

Tour, Stage 9: Getting Cheeky

With the three up the road not likely to affect the final Maillot Jaune in Paris, Chris Froome (Sky) decided to see if he could catch the other GC men napping.  For those that were still in the main peloton, it wasn't going to happen.  Behind the Brit, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) covered the move, assisted by Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie).  Once Froome saw that he wasn't shaking anyone, he backed off the pace.  Seemingly guaranteeing that the three up the road would be vying for stage honors. 

I was less than thrilled with the banners of Century 21 realtors, but sometimes you just have to go with what is actually there.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187730-47-251072/PaintingGetting-Cheeky--T18-47.html

Tour, Stage 9: Cobbles, Dust & Noise

Amongst the screaming crowds, the rough cobbled roads and the unending dust of the roads to Robaix, thes three road away from the rest of the peloton.  Initially, the commentators, Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett, claimed that it was three Belgiums off the front.  It would make sense, Belgium is the home of the spring cobbled races that kick off the season.  Instead it was the Belgium National Champion, Yves Lampaert (Quickstep) leading his countryman, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) followed by the German sprinter, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).  Van Avermaet was looking to hold his jersey and bring some joy to his team that has lost their captain and their second place rider is falling further and further behind.  With just 17 kilometers to race, and only one more pave section, this was beginning to look like the winning move.  You can see one of the soigneurs holding aloft a set of wheels in case one of his team's riders has a flat (or a broken wheel - which seem to be plaquing this stage).

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187726-46-251072/PaintingCobbles,-Dust-&-Noise--T18-46.html

Tour, Stage 9: Looking After Uran

Others fared worse, but Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) lost some time today, but others lost more.  Or they had to leave the Tour altogether.  In his video diaries, Taylor Phinney said that the team would be riding a team time trial between each pave sections, apparently the American is clairvoyant.  After a crash, Uran got back underway on a new bike but forgot to grab his waterbottles.  He need not have worried, his teammate, Sep Vanmachke, passed him a bottle and did his best to pace him back into the race.  Uran lost time on the day, but others fared worse.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187724-45-251072/PaintingLooking-After-Uran--T18-45.html

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tour, Stage 9: Getting There First

This pair decided they would be better of hitting Sector 6 without the rest of the early break.  So Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) headed onto the Pont Thibault a Enevelin off the front of the scattered peloton.  You may notice that this banner is a different color scheme than the one I painted for Sector 14.  The difficulty of each pave section is color coded to let the riders have some idea what they are about to deal with.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187642-44-251072/PaintingGetting-There-First--T18-44.html

Tour, Stage 9: Who Is Back There?

The roads under the wheels of the peloton were not very forgiving today.  Others however, were able to use the paves to their advantage.  Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) looks back over his shoulder to make sure he still has his man, Chris Froome.  Just behind, letting a little space open up, is the Maillot Jaune on the shoulders of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).  BMC is hoping to redeem this very rough stage by keeping Van Avermaet in yellow.  They lost one rider today and their next highest place rider, Tejay van Garderen, is losing time due to some very bad luck.  The rest of the peloton is content to let these guys set the pace.  It is quite difficult to move up on the pave, but all bets are off once the peloton hits the relatively smoother roads of the stage.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187632-43-251072/PaintingWho-Is-Back-There?--T18-43.html

Tour, Stage 9: A Drink Before the Cobbles

I am somewhat at the mercey of the video broadcast of the Tour, so I wasn't able to paint the peloton hitting the first section of pave today.  Instead, this is section 14, d'Eswars a Paillencourt, (counting backwards to Roubaix).  Just before the day's break away riders hit the cobble stones they wisely grab a drink.  No one should try to take a hand off of the handle bars once on the incredible rough pave sections.  At the back of the nine man group are Chad Haga (Sunweb), Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and Omar Fraile (Astana). Every kilometer of today's stage will be lined by fans, many of home have been waiting (and drinking) for days just to see the Tour fight it out on these iconic roads of northern France.

You can watch this painting come together as I talk about watercolor painting, the Tour, professional cycling and who knows what else.  I hope you will take the time to watch the videos, and to become a subscriber to the channel (no charge).  And you can watch the video right here.


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187631-42-251072/PaintingA-Drink-Before-the-Cobbles--T18-42.html

Tour, Stage 9: Shades of 2014

For those who don't get the title of this painting, it is two fold.  First like Richie Porte (BMC) crashed out of this Tour de France with out every putting a wheel on a single pave, just as Chris Froome (Sky) did back in 2014 (the last time the Tour raced on some of the Paris Roubaix paves).  Secondly, it was stage 9 when Porte crashed out in spectacular fashion last year.  Fortunately for BMC and Porte, his injuries were not anywhere near as severe as 2017.  Porte wasn't the only one who hit the deck here, nor all over the roads and pave of today's stage.  There is a reason the classic, Paris Roubaix, is called "The Hell of the North"  Today it was a hellish ride for many in the peloton.  Others may have suffered physically, but at least their GC hopes are still entacted.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187624-41-251072/PaintingShades-of-2014--T18-41.html

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tour, Stage 8: Adding Up

Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto NL Jumbo) has had to stage wins in as many stages.  The Dutchman has had two amusing victory salutes as well.  The first win he came across the line with his index finger to his lips, in affect quieting all of those who had said he didn't have the legs to win at the Tour.  Today he held on finger aloft on one hand and then counted to two on the other, saying I just went two for two.  Behind Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) got swamped by Groenewegen to take second.  After literally butting heads with Greipel, Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep) bounds his bars as he takes third on the day.  It will remain to be seen if the referees take any action against either sprinter.  The actions were the same as the events that lead to Sagan being thrown out of the 2017 Tour with the important exception that no one crashed in the sprint today.  Ever consistent Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) tooked fourth on the day.  He may a rare mistake of opening up his sprint just a bit too early to hold of the other three sprinters.  The Frenchman hoping to wave the flag of victory on Bastille day, Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) finished sixth on the day.

I did just learn that Gaviria was relegated on the stage for his agression in trying to move Greipel out of his way, as was Greipel for squeezing the Colombian against the barrier.  The resulting placing moved Sagan up to second on the stage and Kristoff into third.  With Gaviria and Greipel earning no sprinter's points on the day, Sagan's lead may already be unsurmountable in the race for the Maillot Vert (assuming he finishes the Tour).

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187350-40-251072/PaintingAdding-Up.html

Tour, Stage 8: Having to Chase

The Irishman, Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) is seeing both sides of this Tour de France.  He took the stage atop Mur de Bretagne two days ago and today he finds himself in a desperate chase at the end of stage 8.  With just four kilometers left to the line in Amiens, it doesn't look like the bloodied Martin will see the peloton again.  In fact despite the efforts of his teammates, including Kristijan Durasek, he lost just under a minute on the day.  His Tour is now where near over, but the mishap didn't help his chances.  It does remain to be seen if his injuries were relatively minor (as they appear) or if they included broken bones and torn ligaments.  The racer's adrenaline will help them jump back up and finish a stage but it may hide the actual damage that has been done.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187348-39-251072/PaintingHaving-to-Chase--T18-39.html

Tour, Stage 8: Leading the Parade

Today is Bastille Day and the French in (and out of) the peloton all hope to win on their national holiday.  Regardless of the slim chance that a break away will succeed on a preceived sprint stage, Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) went out to lead the race and inspire the fans to hope for the elusive French victory on their equivalent of July 4th in the USA.  Joining Grellier was the Dutchman, Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).  Both teams are continuing their record of getting into every break in every road stage thus far.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187345-38-251072/PaintingLeading-the-Parade--T18-38.html

Tour, Stage 8: Rolling Along

Another flat stage and another rather relaxed peloton.  Again the group was falling behind the slowest predicted finishing time.  Perhaps all were saving themselves for the mini "Hell of the North" tomorrow.  Each of the sprinter's teams put a rider on the front to keep the two man break in check.  While they had no real intention of catching them too soon, neither did they want to let them get too far up the road.

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This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.


Tour, Stage 7: Someone New

Yes, I realize that yesterday's stage was one by someone other than Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), but that was a steep uphill finish.  Today, it was a pure sprinter's stage with a clean approach to the line.  Today, it was Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto NL Jumbo) who got the better of the Colombian sprinter.  However, Graviria took second on the stage.  Don't worry, Sagan was glued to the Quick Step rider's wheel for third.  Taking fourth was the Frenchman, Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).  Perhaps tomorrow, it will be Demare that claims a stage on Bastille Day for France.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187224-36-251072/PaintingSomeone-New--T18-36.html

Tour, Stage 7: A Pilgrimage of Speed

I'm still waiting for someone to invent a pen with spell check.  Although I guess it would be totally confused with all of the lines that make up the pen and ink part of this painting.  The title comes from those who make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Chartres to walk the labyrinth and view the amazing stained glass and sculpture throughout this ancient spiritual mecca.  Today it was a desire for speed that was on the minds of the various lead out men for the sprinters' of the Tour.  It is the work horses of Cofidis, Lotto NL Jumbo, Trek-Segafredo and Groupama-FDJ that are being cheered on by the fans at the sides of the roads in this beautiful town.  I need to get back here myself.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187220-35-251072/PaintingA-Pilgrimage-of-Speed--T18-35.html

Tour, Stage 7: A Long Flat Stage

This is one of the paintings were I am very satisfied with how the sky turned out.  This stretch of road is usually used near the end of the Tour.  The road leads to Chartes, just a half hour train ride out of P
aris.  Today's stage was the longest of this year's Tour at 231 kilometers.  With the exception of a brief moment where the peloton split is some relatively mild cross winds, it was a rather relaxed stage with the peloton riding almost an hour behind the slowest predicted time.  That alone was a good thing for the American Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) amongst others.  Craddock has been nursing his injuries from Stage 1 and has been fearing having to head home every stage.  He has been raising money, getting fans (and himself) to pledge money to a Huston cycling group and Velodrome that suffered mightly in last fall's hurricanes.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187218-34-251072/PaintingA-Long-Flat-Stage--T18-34.html

Tour, Stage 7: The Next to Try

With the first break away rider back in the fold, it was Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) who tried to go for a long solo effort to the line in Chartes.  It is pretty common for a counter attack to go after a catch is made by the peloton.  That is the reason the group will often delay catching the break until the final kilometers of the stage.  It keeps the opportunist like Pichon from getting a jump on the plans of the sprinters.  With just today and tomorrow being stages for the sprinters ahead of the cobbles and the mountains, it was unlikely any escape would succeed.  A solo effort had no chance at all.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187216-33-251072/PaintingThe-Next-to-Try--T18-33.html

Tour, Stage 7: Go on with You

I have know idea what was actually being discussed between Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and his team director, but Offredo's gesture seems to imply the title of this piece is what he was saying.  Offredo had the misfortune of being the only rider to escape the peloton today.  Misfortune, because even though an average size break is doomed on a sprinter's stage, a solo effort is virtually always bound to fail.  That may have even been the subject of the discussion and dismissive gesture.  Never the less, Offredo was eventually caught by the peloton after some good air time for his sponsors.

This is the painting that you can watch being created on my You Tube channel.  I hope you will give it a watch, as I discussed how I create these paintings.  Plus, I go into why I choose the images to paint and how they fit into the story of the 105th Tour de France.  Of course, you can just watch it here, but I hope you will subscribe to the channel.  I could use your non-monetary support.  (save that for purchasing one - or more - of these one of a kind watercolors.






This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3187213-32-251072/PaintingGo-on-with-You--T18-32.html

Friday, July 13, 2018

Tour, Stage 6: The Strength of the Irish

Clearly I am paraphrasing here.  The old saying is "the luck of the Irish," but luck had very little to do with Dan Martin's (UAE Team Emirates) stage victory atop the Mur de Bretagne.  The last time the Tour came here, he was just beaten out by a rider from Ag2r La Mondiale.  Today he wasn't going to let anyone come around him, even as another Ag2r rider, Pierre Latour, was trying to catch the Irishman's wheel.  Behind, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took third on the day and a one second time bonus over the other main contenders finishing in the group behind.  The day had little effect on the GC with the small exception of Dumoulin dropping a few places out of the top ten.  There is still fifteen stages of racing to get to Paris.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186872-31-251072/PaintingThe-Strength-of-the-Irish--T18-31.html

Tour, Stage 6: Desperate to Get Back

Unlike Fulgsang, who had a flat tire with 40 kilometers to go, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) had his mishap within the final five kilometers.  He was outside of the magical three k mark, so any time lost would count against him.  He started his desperate chase back through the caravan of team cars shepherded by the American Chad Haga.  He soon dropped Haga and was picked up by other teammates in turn.  He ended the day losing over a minute and a half to the stage winner, but more importantly is now 30 seconds behind most of his GC rivals (he had started the day about 30 seconds ahead of them).  Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) was thankful for some truly fast wheels to jump on to at the end of a very long stage.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186868-30-251072/PaintingDesperate-to-Get-Back--T18-30.html

Tour, Stage 6: I Got What I Wanted

As they went over the top of the Mur de Bretagne for the first time, Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) opened up a gap on the peloton.  With just 34 kilometers to the finish, Bauer was eager to push on their advantage.  Skujins shook his head no.  He had gone after the 2 points in the King of the Mountains competition and that was his sole objective in the move.  While Dion Smith had pulled on the virtual Maillot a Pois early in the day, it is now almost certain that it will stay on Skujins' shoulders tonight.  There will be more points at the summit of the climb that finishes the stage, but that will be more of a GC battle, and none of the hopefuls have any KOM points thus far.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186856-29-251072/PaintingI-Got-What-I-Wanted--T18-29.html

Tour, Stage 6: Ready to Go

This Tour seems to keep dishing up ill timed mishaps for the GC contenders.  Some have lost over a minute in their bad luck's bad timing.  Jakob Fulgsang (Astana) was a little more fortunate than others to have his late mechanical happen with another twenty kilometers to race.  While he will have to expend more energy than his main rivals, he will be able to rejoin the race without the risk of losing any time on the day. 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186854-28-251072/PaintingReady-to-Go--T18-28.html

Tour, Stage 6: Did You See Him Coming?

The two marquee sprinters of this Tour where chatting after the intermediate sprint in Plouguernevel.  Each were marking the other with Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step) crossing the line just ahead of the Maillot Vert of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).  Neither saw, nor were able to out sprint, the European Champion, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates).  Both were so sure that no one else could come around them (even if they were at full speed), that Kristoff was able to jump them both.  There weren't enough points on offer, with the five main break still up the road, to radically alter the points tally.  But it does let Gaviria and Sagan know that there are still other sprinters in the Tour.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186851-27-251072/PaintingDid-You-See-Him-Coming-?--T18-27.html

Tour, Stage 6: Reclaiming His Jersey

With four catagorized climbs facing the peloton today, it seem like a good chance for Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) to reclaim his Maillot a Pois that he won on the first stage of the Tour.  Joining Smith on today's break away effort was Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) and two riders from Direct Energie, Damien Gaudin and Fabien Grellier.  It is quite impressive that these three teams have been off the front in every road stage thus far.

The other impressive thing to see is just how international the peloton and the fans of the Tour are.  Just over Smith's shoulder you can see the Colombian flag.  All along the route you will see the flags of near every nation in the world and every department of France.  And of course all of the flags of the teams in the Tour, as well.

This is the painting I filmed while painting.  You can see that video through my You Tube channel and right here.  I hope you will enjoy the process of creating these paintings and my explanation of what is happening in the Tour.  I hope that you will also choose to become a subscriber to the channel.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186849-26-251072/PaintingReclaiming-His-Jersey--T18-26.html

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tour, Stage 5: The Second Time

It was Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) that crossed the top of the climb first in Quimper!  That makes it two stage wins, and two second places thus far for the Slovakian sprinter who is so much more than merely a sprinter.  He was just able to hold off the only other sprinter, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida), who was left at the front end of the race.  The pair also caught the wheel of the first to attack the climb, Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep).  You can just make out the blue kit of his teammate, Julian Alaphilippe behind the Maillot Vert of Peter Sagan.  Sagan's win puts him 33 points ahead of second place in the green jersey competition.  Given the finale for Stage 6, he nor any of the other sprinters will be contesting for stage honors on the Mur de Bretagne.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186324-25-251072/PaintingThe-Second-Time--T18-25.html

Tour, Stage 5: Up to the Line

For the first lumpy stage of the Tour, the organizers decided it would be fun to finish the day with a short steep climb.  I doubt the riders were too thrilled, but it did make for some exciting racing.  It could also afford some time gaps to open up amongst the main contenders for the Maillot Jaune.  The ever agressive Team Quick Step launched Philippe Gilbert up the road.  Should he get enough space and the win, he could take over the race lead, assuming Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) wasn't second over the line.  That is why you can see the Maillot Jaune chasing just behind Julien Simon (Cofidis).  Sensing that this was a good stage for themselves, both Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) were giving chase as well.  Sagan has the added insentive knowing that Gaviria has been dropped, thus allowing Sagan to move further ahead in the race for the Maillot Vert.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186312-24-251072/PaintingUp-to-the-Line--T18-24.html

Tour, Stage 5: Keeping It Going

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) jumped out of the group to take first at the bonus sprint in Plogonnec.  With just 20 kilometers left to go, it looked like he was planning on trying to solo to the finish in Quimper.  Behind, the last of the erstwhile break, Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) was about to be caught by the closing peloton.  Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) had taken second in the bonus sprint adding two seconds to his lead over his teammate Tejay van Garderen and the rest of the GC contenders. 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3186299-23-251072/PaintingKeeping-It-Going--T18-23.html

Tour, Stage 4: Want to Keep Going?

As the break away started up the next climb, they caught and passed Chavanel.  But it was his teammate, Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) who fought it out for the points on the next climb.  Unfortunately for Chavanel, Calmejane wasn't able to take the maximum points so it leaves Skujins with a chance to equal Chavanel's total on the final climb.  Spoiler alert, he was able to claim that climb and the Maillot a Pois on the day.  The discussions continued all of the way to the line, each rider complaining that the other wasn't doing enough to futher their cause.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour, Stage 5: Polka Dots

Back out on the road again today.  In fact it will be road stages until the final week of the Tour now.  The early break was comprised of seven guys, but it was Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) who left the group to suck up some King of the Mountains points.  By going over the top of the first climb of the day, and this one, the Cote de Trimen, he pulled equal on points in the competition for the Maillot a Pois.  With two more climbs to come, he is hoping that he will be wearing a new jersey tomorrow.  It is Chavanel's 18th Tour de France.  And that is a new record for participations in the grand bucle, as far as I know, he has finished them all.  Well this one is still being contested.

This painting is the one that I videoed as I created it.  You can see it on my You Tube channel, or here.  I talk about creating the painting, how to use watercolors and how it all fits into the story of the 105th Tour de France thus far.


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This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tour, Stage 4: A Second Kick

It was Fernando Gaviria's (Quick Step) second kick that got him his second stage victory.  However, it was Peter Sagan's second kick that kept him in the Maillot Vert, by virtue of his second place finish.  Sagan just managed to get round Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who finished the day in third.  Greipel seemed to have the sprint in hand until the two marquee sprinters kicked into turbo.  Still managing to be up amongst it was Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto NL Jumbo).  Today's stage was the first time the Maillot Jaune stayed put, remaining on the shoulders of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).  In fact all of the leader's jerseys stayed on the shoulders of those who started in them back in La Baule.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185700-20-251072/PaintingA-Second-Kick--T18-20.html

Tour, Stage 4: Left to Do the Work

With fifteen kilometers left to race and the early break still of the front, it was Quick Step that was forced to do the work.  All of the other teams know that Quick Step's Fernando Gaviria is on top former and none are willing to help them bring back the four guys up the road.  Tim Declercq (Quick Step) flicks his elbow to let his teammates know that he is finally done pulling and it is time for the rest of the wolf pack to take over the task, including, Niki Terpstra, Yves Lampaert and Bob Jungels.  The later two are wearing their National Champion Jerseys.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185691-19-251072/PaintingLeft-to-Do-the-Work-T18-19.html

Tour, Stage 4: I've Got This

Tony Gallopin (Ag2r La Mondiale) may have gone down in on of the silly crashes with about 50 kilometers left to race.  When he stopped with a rear flat, he wisely pulled his own back wheel out to help his mechanic make the wheel change that much faster.  As the mechanic got to work, Gallopin took the opportunity to massage his sore right hip, upper quad and buttock.  It is truly all about saving energy, seconds and self management.  After his mechanic got him up and rolling, the team car seemed to forget that they had forgotten to let him back into the car.  You can see the car start to pull out with the door still open and then realize all of the passengers weren't there.  Or it could have been that old joke of moving the car everytime the victim tries to get in, but I doubt it.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185661-18-251072/PaintingI've-Got-This--T18-18.html

Tour, Stage 4: What Time Is It?

The Tour de France is full of traditions, and hold overs from days gone by.  Before the edition of race radios, the riders kept taps on the where abouts of the breaks and peloton by a moto carrying a chalkboard and showing the time gaps to each group.  With all of the information available to the team directors in the team cars, this is now basically a cute hold-over complete with an attractive woman holding up the chalkboard for the rider's momentary distraction.  In fact, it only seems to be Jerome Cousin (Direct Energie) that is even giving the moto more than a passing glance.  Guillaume Van Kiersbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) along with the Cofidis riders, Anthony Peres and Dimitri Claeys, seemed to just be getting on with the job at hand.

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I will be sharing one of my paintings being created each and every stage throughout this Tour.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185643-17-251072/PaintingWhat-Time-Is-It?--T18-17.html

Tour, Stage 4: I've Got a Question

Stage 4 has the Tour back out on the road of the Britton region of northern France, and has the requiste early break up the road.  The two Frenchmen and the two Belgiums were collaborating now, but they will be cheering against each other with tonight's World Cup Semi Final between the two countries.  Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) is calling for his team car, most likely looking for a little information about where the peloton is (or where they are for that matter).  Joining him are Jerome Cousin (Direct Energie) in his second break away of this Tour and two riders from Cofidis, Anthony Perez and Dimitri Claeys.  This foursome buitlg up eight minutes on the peloton before the group decided to start chasing them down.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185637-16-251072/PaintingI've-Got-a-Question--T18-16.html



Tour, Stage 3 TTT: Still There?

That was the question after the short steep climb ahead of the second time check.  Unfortunatley for Bora-Hansgrohe, the Maillot Jaune of Peter Sagan wasn't.  With the GC hopes of Raphael Majka on the line, those left together, including Daniel Oss and Maciej Bodnar couldn't afford to wait for Sagan.  Don't worry, while he lost the yellow jersey, he held fast to the jersey he has won six times before, the Maillot Vert of most consistant sprinter. 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185368-15-251072/PaintingStill-There?--T18-15.html

Tour, Stage 3 TTT: The Wolf Pack

The self proclaimed wolf pack road hard today with hopes of putting Philippe Gilbert into the Maillot Jaune.  As they went through the second time check, the pack had shed a few members.  Julian Alaphilippe slides off the front to slot back in behind Bob Jungels.  Ahead of him were Niki Terpstra, Yves Lampaert, all being lead by Gilbert.  Apparently he was truly hoping for yellow.  Alas, they didn't quite get the ride were hoping for, taking third on the stage.  But it does leave Alaphilippe and Gilbert high up on GC.  It is entertaining to see all of the caravans lining the course holding fans that follow the Tour around France.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185360-14-251072/PaintingThe-Wolf-Pack--T18-14.html

Monday, July 9, 2018

Tour, Stage 3 TTT: All in a Row

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) may well have been hoping for a better ride from his World Team Time Trial Champions.  Dumoulin had hoped to put more time into Chris Froome and the other contenders who started the day over forty seconds behind the World Time Trial Champion.  Never the less, his team's time kept him ahead of even the stage winners BMC's team leader.  You can see by their need exact positions on their TT bikes, that this team is very accomplished in the this very specific discipline.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185249-13-251072/PaintingAll-in-a-Row--T18-13.html

Tour, Stage 3 TTT: Checking on the Others

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) looks over his shoulder to make sure there are enough riders to post the best possible time for the team.  There were.  And the team posted the best time thus far.  Should the time stand, not only did Van Avermaet check on everyone, their efforts (and his) put himself into the Maillot Jaune of race leader.  They also moved the American, Tejay van Garderen, into second.  They also moved their race leader up ahead of almost every other GC contender.

This is the painting that I filmed being created today.  You can see it on my You Tube Channel where I hope you will become a subscriber.  And you can watch it here as well.


This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3185246-12-251072/PaintingChecking-on-the-Others--T18-12.html

Tour, Stage 3 TTT, A Little Ragged

Today is one of the most beautiful of racing disciplines, the team time trial.  The entire team races against the clock together, each taking a turn to pull the others on the front while his teammates "rest" out of the wind behind.  Team Sky is sporting a new kit for the Tour, that replaces their classic stripe down their backs with an orca.  They are doing this to draw attention to the plastic pollution in the ocean.  A pollution that is being very harsh on the orca, amongst other residents of the seas.  Wout Poels is just losing the wheel of his teammates.  But it is of no worry for Chris Froome, the time will be taken when the fourth rider on the team crosses the line.  Today should be a chance for those like Froome on strong teams to move up on the general classification.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tour, Stage 2: Just Enough

It was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who had the perfectly time lunge to claim victory in La Rouche sur Yon.  There was a crash with about 500 meters to go that took out both Michael Mathews (Sunweb) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step).  It didn't seem to make the sprint any easier for the World Champion.  He just barely held of the closing Italian, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida).  For the second time today, it was Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) who opened up the sprint, but saw Sagan go around for the victory.  Sagan's win earned him both the Maillot Jaune and the Maillot Vert.  Apparently, the last time the Tour finished in La Rouche sur Yon, it was the wearer of the Rainbow Jersey who tooked the stage.  As Sagan said in the post-race interview, "the same story keeps repeating over and over."

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour, Stage 2: Back Underway

The early stages of the Tour are always marked by crashes and confusion.  Yesterday saw some of the principles losing time against others.  One who lost time yesterday was Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who hit the asphalt again today.  His teammate, Jack Bauer, quickly came to his aid, trying to get his team leader's bike sorted before the team car arrived.  Once the car was there, the team mechanic swapped bikes and gave Yates a push to get back underway.  There was still plenty of road for Yates to get back into the peloton, not losing any more time today.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3184893-9-251072/PaintingBack-Underway--T18-9.html

Tour, Stage 2: That Was Fun

Two of the marquee sprinters of this Tour, Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) chat after going after each other in the first intermediate sprint at Beaulieu sous la Roche.  Sagan took the sprint (getting around the Frenchman Arnaud Demare - Groupama FDJ), but Gaviria glued himself to the World Champion's wheel.  I imagine that Sagan was letting him know that they would be sprinting for the stage in another hour.  And propably let him know he intended to repeat the success then.  Or perhaps it was Gaviria just letting Sagan know that he hadn't gone flat out.  Peeking over their shoulders are Demare and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) in his European Champion's jersey.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour, Stage 2: Feeling the Love

Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) racing a record 18th Tour de France was feeling the love from the French crowds along the road today.  Chavanel was the lone survivor of an early three man break away.  The one dropped of after the first and only climb of the day, with the other suffering with knee pain after hitting it on the handle bars sprinting for the KOM points.  With another 80 kilometers left to the end of the stage, it is unlikely he will stay away for the stage, but he has pulled it off before. Chavanel was awarded with the Most Combative rider prize for his continuing efforts.  Tomorrow he will be sporting a red bib number as a marker of today's effort. Some consulation for not winning the day.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour Stage 2: Using Some of His Luck

This is the new hero of the Tour, Lawson Craddock (EF Education First).  The Texan crashed off camera yesterday breaking his scapula and getting a bad gash above his left eye.  He was able to finish that stage, and hang with the peloton today, despite yoyo-ing off the back ever time the peloton applied some pressure.  His first two Tour stages of his life prove just how hard this race can be, and just how tough the men are who race it.  Hopefully, he will be able to recover in the coming days, and ride all of the way to Paris.

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This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Tour, Stage 1: Opening Up

It was Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step) who opened up his account in the Tour de France.  The Colombian sprinter (a country known more for its climbers) tooked his first stage victory in his first stage ever in the Tour!  With his victory, he claims the Maillot Jaune of race leader, the Maillot Vert of most consistant sprinter, and the Maillot Blanc of best young rider.  Now if he had only gone first over the only climb, he could have had all of the leaders jerseys.  Just behind, in his World Champion's jersey was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), followed by Marcel Kittel (Katusha Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Bahrain-Merida).  Kristoff is in the European Champion's jersey.  With a few more days of flat stages for the sprinters, we may be seeing quite a lot of this young Colombian.  Given all of the races Quick Step has won, we will be seeing quite a few lead outs by the men in blue who call themselves the Wolf Pack.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Since it is an original it is first come first served.  The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour-de-France-2018/3184450-5-251072/PaintingOpening-Up--T18-5.html