Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Short Video of All of My 2019 Tour de France Watercolors



Not much to say about this, just enjoy seeing every painting from this year's Tour de France.  No sound, but hopefully a treat for the eyes.  You can read about each of these paintings in the proceeding posts (128 of them), just over 100 of the paintings are still for sale on my website at https://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/Tour%20de%20France%202019/3356399-1-263530/Tour%20de%20France%202019.html

My plan is to paint the UCI Road World Championships next, so see you in September.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tour, Stage 21, In Spanish


El Arte del Ciclismo

Me encanta este gesto entre compañeros, Egan Bernal (Ineos) y Geraint Thomas. Seguro que a Thomas le encantaría repetir su victoria del Tour del año pasado; sin embargo, aplaudió a su compañero en un gesto de respeto sincero. El equipo cruza la línea con frecuencia tomados de brazo en la parte de atrás del pelotón; tal vez a causa del espíritu competitivo del Bernal, quería estar cerca para no perder ni un segundo. Mira, más vale prevenir que curar. Entonces estos dos son el primero y el segundo de este Tour. Bernal también ganó el Maillot Blanc, con Peter Sagan ganando el Maillot Vert, y el francés Romain Bardet ganó el Maillot a Pois. No se olviden del Julian Alaphilippe; le nombraron como el ciclista más agresivo del Tour de Francia 2019. Chapeau a todos quien empezaron el Tour, y hasta más reverencias a todos aquellos quien lo completaron.

Eso es la pintura final de este Tour de Francia. Tengo planes también de pintar el Campeonato Mundial de Carreras UCI, pero creo que eso sería todo para esta temporada.

Eso es un retrato original de acuarelas que mide 4x6 pulgadas; está disponible en mi sitio de web www.greigleach.com, o simplemente pueden seguir el link directo al final de este aporte. Como es una obra original, se compra por orden de llegada. Esa obra se creó con acuarelas de Yarka St Petersburg del Richesonart.com. Esta pintura se vende en $75 más los gastos de envío, y sí, la podemos mandar internacional. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Tour, Stage 21: Mutual Respect


I love this gesture between teammates, Egan Bernal (Ineos) and Geraint Thomas.  Thomas would surely have loved to repeat his Tour victory from last year, but yet he saluted his teammate in genuine respect.  The team regularly cross the line arm in arm at the back of the peloton, perhaps because of Bernal's competitive spirit, he wanted to be close, just to avoid lossing any seconds whatsoever.  Listen, better safe than sorry.  So these two are also first and second in this Tour.  Bernal also takes home the Maillot Blance, with Peter Sagan in the Maillot Vert, and the Frenchman Romain Bardet takes home the Maillot a Pois.  Don't forget Julian Alaphilippe, he was awarded the most aggressive rider of the 2019 Tour de France.  Chapeau to everyone who started the Tour, and a deeper bow to those who finished it.

This is the final painting of the Tour de France.  I do planned to paint the UCI World Road Racing Championships, but most likely that will be it for this season.

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 21: The Third One Is the Best


Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) took his third stage win of this Tour.  To have that happen on the Champs Elysees is truly special.  Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) looks over seemingly surprised to see that Ewan had come from off of his wheel and still got ot the line first.  In the frame, but not really "in" the sprint is Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), finishing in seventh today.  None need be embarassed, all three of these guys have at least one stage win in the 106th Tour de France.  Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) seemed to sit this one out.  He had ample points to secure his seventh Maillot Vert, so he need not endanger himself by sprinting 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.

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Tour, Stage 21: The Sun Is Setting on the Tour


As you may have noticed, I don't really focus on the beauty of were the peloton is while I tell the story of the race, but this was just too beautiful not to try and capture.  I'm not quite sure when the Tour started arrive in Paris in the late evening, but it was a great idea.  This Tour, the sunset through the l'arc de Triomphe was particularly stunning.  It seems a perfect metaphor for this edition of the Grand Boucle.

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 21: So Frustrating


It had to be an incredibly frustrating Tour for Michael Matthews (Sunweb).  He has just missed out on a couple of sprint stages, and made it through the Alps just for the chance to sprint it out on the Champs Elysees.  Today luck was not on his side.  He flatted and had to get a bike change with just two laps left until the final sprint of the Tour.  While the change was quick, it couldn't possibly be quick enough for him to be able to feature in the finale.  I was impressed with how he kept his cool.  I  guess it is appropiate that the signage on the barrier made it appear as though he has a halo.  He was able to catch back on, but he had spent to much energy to feature in the finale.

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Tour, Stage 21: Round and Round


Starting six years ago during the celebrations of the 100th Tour de France, the course changed to have the peloton go around the l'Arc du Triomphe.  It is much easier to do at speed than the U-turn the peloton used to do a couple of blocks down from the Arc.  Now it is always this sight, as the peloton swings back onto the east bound side of the Champs Elysees.  I can't image what it does to the traffic throughout all of Paris to close these streets.  The image is hard to see on the video (so I did take a few liberties) to get his.  I just love the low angle of the peloton with this magnificant Arc as a back drop.  At this point, Team Ineos seems to have their Maillot Jaune completely surround by teammates.  It is important to keep him from crashing.  If anyone does not finish the stage, then they are out of the Tour.  Should the Maillot Jaune not be able to finish the stage, it would pass to the riders in second overall.

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 21: Around the Place du la Concorde


Some day someone will invent a pen with spell check...  I try to be as much in the moment when creating these works as possible and sometimes I get my titles wrong.  When I published my Tour de France book in 2014 (on my website under "Cycling Books Gallery") there were lots of edits, and I had to correct spelling on everything I tried to use French words for.

Now back to the race.  With the traditions of the day honored, it was time for some bike racing.  Every time, someone tries to surprise the peloton and jump off of the front.  In very, very rare occasions, this gambit has worked.  This quartet of Omar Fraille (Astana), Tom Scully (EF Education First), Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida) and Niels Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) thought they would be the ones to beat the odds.  They weren't.  As they rounded the corner to go into the tunnel under the Place de la Concorde they had built up a twenty-five second lead over the currently contented peloton.

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 21: The Team of the Yellow Jersey


On a day (and stage) full of traditions, another is to let the team of the Maillot Jaune lead the peloton on to the Champs Elysees.  They will nomally lead all of the way around the first lap of the course and then it is time for full on racing.  Team Ineos brought seven of its eight guys to Paris, Luke Rowe was thrown out for fighting with Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma).  Martin was also evicted from the Tour.  That being said, the rest of the team added yellow stripes to their sleeves, shorts along with wearing yellow gloves.  From behind, they sported a bright yellow strip down their back in place of the red stripe that now dons their kit.  It just occured to me that they don't know the American application of a "yellow streak."  If you don't know it means that you are afraid to take a risk, to be bold, to be a coward, or to stand up for yourself.  Clearly that is not the case for this team.

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Tour, Stage 21: Salute!


The senior manager of Team Ineos, Sir Dave Brailsford, leans out of the team car to toast his Maillot Jaune, Egan Bernal.  One tradition of the Tour is the winner's team will toast with champagne as they ride towards Paris on the final stage.  Starting with Lance Armstrong and US Postal team, the team of the Maillot Jaune will trick out their kit with pops of yellow.  Starting with Team Sky (now Ineos) adds a yellow strip to the team car and have added yellow on there racing kit as well.  The only tell of his age (22 years) was watching Bernal actually down his full glass of champagne.  Fortunately for him, the other traditon is not to attack the yellow jersey on the final stage of the Tour.  It is highly unlikely that anyone could gain time on such a flat stage anyway, but this stage is for the sprinters.

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 21: One More Time


The peloton rolled out of Rombouillet for the final stage of this year's Tour.  As is tradition, the leaders' jersey lined up across the start line before rolling out through the neutral start.  Egan Bernal (Ineos) made sure everyone saw his bright yellow jersey as they left town.  Behind him, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) shakes hands with the former holder of the Maillot Jaune, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step).  Behind the hand shake is David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) wearing the Maillot Blanc.  He is second in the competition, but wears the jersey of best young rider, because the actual youngest rider in the Tour is in the Maillot Jaune.  Naturally, the lead of the Tour is more important than the best young rider 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.

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Tour, All of the first twenty stages of the race in watercolor video


I hope you will enjoy this.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Tour, Stage 20: He Has Done It!


This was Bridget's favorite today, and of every Colombian cycling fan!  As the duo of Egan Bernal (Ineos) and his teammate Geraint Thomas approach the line at the top of Val Thorens, Thomas reached out and congratulated his young teammate.  Just ahead of the duo, Mikel Landa (Movistar) crossed the line with his head down in exhaustion.  His finish ensured that Movistar would retain the lead in the team compeition, but the Maillot Jaune was going to go to a Colombian for the first time in the history of the Tour de France!  Bernal will also take the Maillot Blanc of best young rider.  Hard to be better than the race winner.  While there is still one more stage to race, tradition dictates that no one attacks the Yellow Jersey on the stage in to Paris.  It is basically a promenade until the Champs Elysees.  Once there it is full on racing for the honor of winning in the shadow of the l'Arc de Trimophe.

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 20: As Promised


It looked like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) was taking his cue from the great opera starts of Italy as he bowed to the crowd atop the Val Thorens.  Nibali had suffered illness and less than ideal form throughout the first two third of the Tour, but he came right when it mattered.  Nibali had promised his fans a stage win and earlier in the Tour it looked like that wasn't going to happen.  To his credit, he stuck it out, staying in the Tour.  Today was his last chance to deliver on his promise, and he found the legs to do it.  It may well have helped that the stage was just one climb instead of the planned three.  He seemed to fade as the previous stages grinded on.  No matter, he has the stage win he came for.

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 20: The Last Chance


For those who aren't sprinters, today was the last chance to win a stage in the 2019 Tour de France.  Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) had come to the Tour not to win the race (something he has done in all three grand tours) but to win a stage.  At the start in Albertville today he had yet to accomplish that feat.  So it was that he was off the front with just six kilometers left to climb.  At least one countryman found the Italian and literally flew the flag for Italy.  Hopefully, Nibali can do it figuratively.

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 20: Want to Join Me?


Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) felt the moment was right with just eight kilometers left of climbing to launch an attack from the back of the small peloton.  He was covered by Marc Soler (Movistar) and the French National Champion, Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic).  As the trio caught Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) Yates seemed to invite the Russian to catch onto their wheels.  Yates has two stage victories in this year's Tour already, he sure seemed to want just one more.  Alas, it wasn't to be.

Watch me paint this watercolor as I talk about the Tour over the past two days on my You Tube 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.

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Tour, Stage 20: Salvaging What He Can


Julian Alaphilippe (Deceunick-Quick Step) was back into his team kit today after a wild finish to stage 19.  While he may have held on, just barely, to the Maillot Jaune had the stage not been shorten, it was clear he would have seen it slip away on this final climb of the Tour.  He was being assisted up the climb by his teammate Enric Mas, as they rode past Andrey Amador (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (Groupama-FDJ).  Bardet was having a rough day and was in danger of losing his Maillot a Pois.  Should that happen, it would mean no jersey for the French after such a brilliant Tour de France.  It would also mean that Egan Bernal (Ineos) would win three of the four leaders jersey, I believe the last time that happened it was Eddy Merckx back in the 1970s.

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 20: It's a Long Shot


The early break that included Micheal Woods (EF Education First), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and two others hoped that the peloton would be too interested in each other to bother with them.  With such a short stage, but a long climb, it was going to be a bit of a long shot to stay off of the front.  Behind there would be efforts to drop one another which will inevitably increase the peloton's pace.  Woods has been racing most of this Tour with two broken ribs, which makes his position off the front on a big climb just that much more impressive.

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 20: Now or Never


Hail, floods and landslides had changed the end of stage 19, and the start of today's stage.  Originally, today was suppose to have three climbs and a total of 130 kilometers.  The stage changed to just the final climb and just 58 kilometers.  With that in mind, it was going to have to be an all out assault from the base of the Val Thorens if any changes were going to be made on the general classification placings.  As the peloton started the climb it was the teammates of Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), George Bennett and Laurens De Plus driving the pace.  Behind them sat Ineos with the plan of keeping Egan Bernal in Yellow and Geraint Thomas in third overall.  Peeking around the corner is Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) hoping to hold onto second at the very least.

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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Friday, July 26, 2019

Tour, Stage 19: I'm Not Amused


Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) was not remotely amused by the decision to neutralized  the stage at the top of the previous climb.  Alaphilippe was dropped on the climb, but was already pulling back time on the descent.  It will be argued for years about whether he could have pulled back enough time to save his Maillot Jaune, but now, we will never know.  He will be roughly 30 seconds off of the lead with just one real day of racing left to go.  It is traditional to not attack the race leader on the roads into Paris.  As wild as the end of this Tour is going, even that may fall to the whims of fate in this Tour.  Yesterday, the French were riding high, but today it all went wrong.  At least Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) still holds the Maillot a Pois.

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 19: No, Honestly


The 19th stage of the Tour was neutralized as the peloton sped down the back side of the Col de l'Iseran.  It took awhile for the message to get through to the men on the road.  Apparently, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) knew ahead of Egan Bernal (Ineos).  It seemed that the young Colombian was skeptical of what the Brit was telling him.  Shortly after I painted this, you could see Bernal on his radio getting the news.  What they couldn't see was that there was a very bad hail storm in the valley before the final climb of the day.  From aerial shots, snow plows and front loaders were desperately trying to clear the road, but the water run off was way too dangerous.  They could have resumed the race at the foot of the final climb, but getting everyone to that point may have proved impossible.  Instead, since the stage was to be a mountain top finish anyway, they decided to make the finish at the top of the mountain they had just surrmounted.

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Tour, Stage 19: Who Knew?


After his teammate, Geraint Thomas (Ineos) had been pulled back, it was Egan Bernal who attacked next.  His attack stuck.  He was able to drop everyone near the summit of the Col de l"iseran and go over the top alone.  This was a bonus climb giving Bernal an extra eight seconds over the Maillot Jaune.  At the time he went over the top, no one yet knew what the weather had in store in the valley.  So a bit later, this was determined to be the end of the stage, meaning Bernal will be trading his Maillot Blanc for a Maillot Jaune.  I'm guessing he would have been able to hold a minute and a half on Alaphilippe up the final climb, but I am equally sure the Frenchman would have come close to catching the Colombian on the way down this climb.

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Tour, Stage 19: Fighting to Stay in Yellow


The entire country of France, and most of the cycling world, has been waiting to see if Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) could hold onto the Maillot Jaune in the Alps.  Today the one two punch from Team Ineos put him in difficulty on the final kilometers on the HC Catagory climb of the Col de l'Iseran.  Yesterday, he got dropped a little closer to the top of the HC climb, but was able to rejoin on the descent.  I am sure he was pushing himself to the limit to repeat the feat today.  The final climb of the day shouldn't be too severe for his abilities, so for now he just needed to limit his loses.  No one knew what was going to happen in the valley below.

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Tour, Stage 19: Did It Work?


Team Ineos had been driving the pace all day, as they hit the slopes of the Col de l'Iseran, it was defending champion, Geraint Thomas who launched the first attack of the Maillot Jaune.  He looked over his shoulder to see what damage he had managed.  What he saw was Gregor Mulhberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) bringing his team leader, Emanuel Buchmann, along with Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) back up to his wheel.  Ineos had more than one card to play, so it seemed that Thomas was the sacrifice for his teammate to take over the Yellow Jersey.

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Tour, Stage 19: Heart Broken


Try has he might, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was just unable to continue with his Tour.  It was such a wild reversal of fortune.  Pinot left the Tour in tears while sitting fifth over all and just thirty seconds behind the man that would be in Yellow at the end of what turned out to be a very wild stage.  Pinot was consoled by a teammate as he made the realization that he was going to have to climb off his bike with just two and a half stages to the line in Paris.  I am sure if he had been well, he could have a serious chance of taking over the Maillot Jaune at the end of today's stage.

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Tour, Stage 19: Not What He Needed


As the peloton started up the Montee d'Aussois, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) dropped back to the doctor's car.  He was apparently getting a tight wrap on his left thigh along with a heavy dose of the magic spray.  I can't imagine trying to climb mountains on my bike with a tightly wrapped bandage on my thigh.  Pinot was in obvious pain, and kept dropping further back as the peloton went on up the mountain.  He had started the stage in fifth place and just 30 seconds behind the anticipated future leaders of the Tour.  In other words, without this, he may well have taken over the Maillot Jaune today.  This was clearly not what he needed to happen.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tour, Stage 18: Not Today!


"Not Today" or the French version thereof, had to be what was going through the mind of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) as he came to the line with all but one of his main rivals.  He did lost five seconds of his overall lead, but he lost 30 seconds to the Maillot Blanc of Egan Bernal (Ineos).  Emanuel Buchman (Bora-Hansgrohe) lead the gaggle of the top ten across the line along with Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Geraint Thomas (Ineos), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and just tagging on to the back, Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) making the stage a draw.  With just two more days of real racing, it is going to be full on tomorrow and Saturday.

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Tour, Stage 18: Showing Everyone


Most everyone had written Nairo Quintana (Movistar) out of the Tour de France script.  The Colombian had suffered in the southern mountains and even his team didn't have confidence that he would last up the final climb of the Col du Galibier.  He showed them all as he left everyone on the uphill side of the mountain.  What no one expected was that nobody would be able to pull time back on Quintana on the descent into Valloire.  His move did send him up the over all general classification to seventh.  It should be exciting to see if this was a one off, or this is what we will be seeing through the last two mountain stages of the Tour.

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Tour, Stage 18: A New Jersey


Just like the Colombian up the road, Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) was finding much better legs in the Alps than they had in the Pyrennes.  Bardet didn't get over the Col du Galibier first, but his second over the top had him trading in his team kit for a new Maillot a Pois.  This is the first time the jersey has changed hands in fifteen days.  Bardet had hope to content for the Maillot Jaune, but he is a bit too far back for that.  His other goal has been the Maillot a Pois and a stage victory.  He was a minute late from the latter, but he did manage the former.  This is still a huge Tour for the hometeam French.

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Tour, Stage 18: The First to Launch


Perhaps taking a page from his countryman's book, it was Egan Bernal (Ineos) who jumped free from the peloton on the upper reaches of the Galibier.  Bernal is the best placed young rider so he is wearing the Maillot Blanc instead of the new deep red of Team Ineos.  Behind the young Colombian, the World Champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) tries to join the attack.  You can see Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) looking over to his teammate and other riders to see if they were going to help with the chase.  Bernal started the day in seventh place, but with this move he appears to be leaving his team leader in the dust on his way to claiming Geraint Thomas' place on the general classification.
Today seems to be adding more wrinkles to the Tour that it is ironing out.

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Tour, Stage 18: Chasing the Colombian


Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) were the two that gave chase to the fleeing Colombian, Nairo Quintana (Movistar).  The pair looked like they might pull Quintana back at first, but then he just kept turning the pedals over faster than they could.  Bardet was giving the French fans something to cheer about before they would get to see the Maillot Jaune on the shoulders of the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe.

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Tour, Stage 18: Finding His Legs


We all knew it was coming.  Nairo Quintana (Movistar) had wisely placed himself in the early break so he could attack on the final climb of the day.  At one point, his team was chasing back from behind, for the life of me I can't figure that one out.  Admittedly, Quintana has cracked on all of the climbs in the Pyrennes, but it seemed that wasn't going to be the case on the Col du Galibier.  He went so quickly, no one with him could even react, let alone chase back onto his wheel.  It pleases me that my 100th watercolor of this Tour should be of Quintana setting matters to rights.

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Tour, Stage 18: Keep It Going


After the Col d'Izoard Simon Geschke (CCC) wanted to keep the groups advantage growing.  He looked behind to find Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) not looking like they wanted to put in the effort.  Or it could be that he wanted another look at the woman on the side of the road.  Geschke had two teammates somewhere nearby and wanted to give them a head start up the Col du Galibier.

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Tour, Stage 18: Over the Big One


The first of the two HC Catagory climbs was the Col d'Izoard.  Julian Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) looked set to take the maximum points having led the whole way up the climb.  Sadly for him, it was the sprint of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Merida) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) that swamped him within side of the summit.  Caruso got the points, with Bardet going over second, leaving third for Bernard.  Bardet has not been having the Tour he hoped for, but moving closer to the Maillot a Pois, should certainly raise his spirits.  If possible, it will raise the spirits of the French fans as well.  This is truly the Tour of the French!

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Tour, Stage 18: Not Done Yet



Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) managed to put himself into the early break of the day.  More importantly, he got himself over the first big climb of the day, the Col de Vars, first.  He added to his now fifteen days in the King of the Mountain Maillot a Pois, lead.  But he is facing two HC catagory climbs on the back side of the stage.  It is expected that a number of jersey should change hands today, most notably this one and the Maillot Jaune.  But then, that is why we race the race, anything can happen.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tour, Stage 17: All Alone


Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) came to the line in Gap alone.  His gamble to go a little early paid off in a big way.  He finished over thirty seconds ahead of the next rider to cross the line.  It was another twenty minutes before the peloton containing the Maillot Jaune and the rest of the general classification riders crossed the finish line.  Not much changed in the grander picture of the Tour, but for Trentin it was a brilliant day giving him his second Tour stage win in four years.

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Tour, Stage 17: Trying to Get Down First


Bridget's favorite for today's stage.  The European Champion, Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) attack a kilometer before the Cote de la Sentinelle.  This gave him the jump on the others and they were just a little too slow to respond.  Trentin was able to stretch out his advantage on the way down the other side of the climb.  With just eight kilometers left to go, it was doubtful that anyone was going to catch this Italian.

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Tour, Stage 17: The First to Attack


As the large break neared the end of the 200 kilometer stage, it was a forgone conclusion that someone would try to get away from the rest.  The first to go on the offensive was Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin).  He opened a gap on the others, but was shortly pulled back into the fold ahead of the next attack.  While he went first, it wasn't his attack that was going to take the stage in Gap.

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