Unlike yesterday, no one challenged Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) for the sprint points today. It may have something to do with the experience level of those on the Maillot Vert's wheel. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) has ridden many Tours and is the defending Olympic Road Race champion. Behind him, Mathias Frank (Ag2r La Mondiale) has spent years in the pro peloton, along with being a former road racing champion of Switzerland. These guys knew why Sagan was in the early break, what his objectives are, and how very little they had to gain by challenging him. Sagan, on the other hand, was just double checking to make sure no one was going to try and jump him to the line in Mazamet. All Sagan has to do is finish the Tour (no small feat with the Pyrennes looming this coming week) and the Maillot Vert will be his in Paris. But, instead, he is going in the breaks and collecting as many sprint points as he can in every stage. He is closing in on breaking the highest point title in any Tours de France, a record he holds.
You can watch this painting come to life as I talk about what is happening in the image and the Tour up to this point. You can see one painting from every stage come to life on my You Tube channel (were I hope you will become a subscriber). And you may learn some things about watercolor painting, creating art, and cycling in the bargain.
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.