Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tour, Stage 17: Mutual Respect

The members of the peloton have quite a bit of respect for each other.  These two had fought out the stage victory yesterday.  Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) had chased Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) down the final mountain, only passing Yates as the Brit crashed on a corner near the bottom.  Today, as Alaphilippe was dropping back to the peloton, and Yates was chasing up to the break away, they patted each other on the back.  Seemingly, Alaphilippe was wishing Yates his stage victory that he was deprived of in Stage 16.

Behind these two, one of the many Gendarme that protect the riders and attempt to control the crowd watches them (and the fans nearby).  The Gendarme caught a lot of grief for how they handled the farmer's protest yesterday.  They used mace to clear the protesters from the roadway, but sprayed many members of the peloton in the process.  Sorry I didn't get any paintings of the fracas, but it happened off camera.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at, 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 The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.

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