Saturday, July 28, 2018

Tour, Stage 19: The Struggle Is Real

At this point in the Tour, the struggle is very real, for everyone.  While Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrophe) is suffering from the injuries recieved on a fall two stages ago, everyone from the first to the last on general classification are in a world of hurt - except, possiblily those who have already gone home.  Sagan was struggling up the first big climb up the Col d'Aspin.  He had hurt his gluteous maximus (his butt) and just pedaling was a struggle.  He is being escorted up the climbs by his teammate and friend Daniel Oss.  Others joined the riding wounded and suffering sprinters including Maximiliano Richeze (Quick Step).  Sagan's goal today is to survive, get to the finish before the time limit and try and recover as much as possible.  With an Individual Time Trial tomorrow, he just has to ride as easy as possible and hope he will be ready for the sprint on the Champs Elysee to wrap up the Tour.

This is the painting from this stage that you can watch being created on my You Tube Channel.  I hope you enjoy watching this watercolor come to life as I talk about the Tour, creating successful watercolors and whatever art and cycling issues that come to mind as I paint.  I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you will know when I post another video of my artistic process.

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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