Sunday, February 28, 2021

Omloop 2021 - Showing the Team Colors


 It was Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick Step) who took the victory at the line in Ninove.  As he crossed the line he saluted his team in his victory celebration.  The team has taken the name of "The Wolf Pack" for themselves and they truly hunt for victories together.  It was his teammate Julian Alaphilippe who had tried for a solo victory, and then he was the one to pull the race back together to set it all up for Ballerini.  Behind the celebrating Italian, it is Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start Up Nation) who took third and Henrich Haussler (Bahrain-Victorious) who claimed fourth.  I apologize to Jake Steward (Groupama-FDJ) who took second, but did so off camera from this angle.

That is it for today's racing, but I plan to be back tomorrow for Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne that will feature many of the same competitors and types of roads.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Omloop 2021 - Hanging Off the Front


 Once the group that had gotten away on the Leberg had been caught, it was Gianni Moscon (Ineo-Grenadiers) who was next to try a move off the front.  The Italian opened up about 15 seconds on those behind on the way up the final climb of the day, the Bosberg.  While I doubt you can make him out in this painting, it is Alaphilippe who is chasing.  With just 14 kilometers left to race it is beginning to look like this Omlooop Het Nieuwsbald will be one of the rare bunch sprints to determine the winner on the day.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Omloop 2021 - Avec Panache


 One thing is certain, if Julain Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is racing it will be entertaining.  The commentator on the feed that I was using said that Alaphilippe wins with panache.  Even if he doesn't win, he will always provide the audience with a show.  He reminds me of his countryman, Thomas Voeckler, although he has a much better palmares then the guy who held off Lance Armstrong in the Tour for three days through the Alps while wearing the Yellow Jersey.

Alas, behind the World Champion is the neutral service vehicle that is no longer the bright yellow of Mavic.  The Mavic company has pulled out of supply neutral service this year and yielded that duty to Shimano.  Perhaps a more appropiate company now that most every pro team uses Shimano componets on their bikes (Campanolo and SRAM being the other choices).

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Omloop 2021 - Time to Go!


 On the final climb up the Leberg Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) decided it was time to attack.  He quickly pulled a small group off the front of the peloton.  The move was actually started at the base of the climb by Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates). Alaphilippe has two other teammates who made the move, but everyone else was without teammates.  Arjen Livyns (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) had to be thrilled to find himself in a move with the World Champion and the former European Champion along with some other marquee riders.  If the race places out as usual, this is the move that will decide who takes out the victory in Ninove in another 43 kilometers.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Omloop 2021 - Was It Worth It?


 That is the question that Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo) had to be asking himself as the peloton chased him down on the pave of Haleweg.  The young German had gone off in an attempt to bridge up to the five man break, but just couldn't get onto the wheels of the escapees.  He spent a lot of energy in what proved to be a failed attempt to establish an ally up the road for his team leader.  With 52 kilometers left to the finish, he now may be wondering if he will be able to stay with the group on the bergs and paves yet to come.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Omloop 2021, From the Beginning


 Having missed the opportunity to paint the Tour Down Under this year due to Covid (restrictions on crowds and sporting events - not on my contracting the virus), I decided to start painting the 2021 season with the start of the Belgium cobble races.  So here goes for 2021 and the Omloop Het Neiuwsbald.  And here it goes for the break away that went off the front a kilometer zero.  So the title is from the beginning of my season of painting, and from the beginning of today's racing.  Five got away and build up almost four minutes on the peloton behind including, Yeveniy Fedorov (Astana), Kenny Deketele (sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Matis Bouvel (Arkea Samsic), Ryan Gibbons (UAE-Team Emirates) and Bert De Backer (B&B Hotels).  It was De Backer who is leading them through the narrow twisting roads that seems to define racing in Belgium. Well that and the cobbles and short steep climbs.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Ronde Van Vlaanderen, To the Line


 The race today came down to the two favorites sprinting it out for the win.  Both Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) waited as long as possible to start their sprint, each not wanting to give the other a chance to get around them.  But with the chasing group just about two hundred meters behind, it was time to sprint it out between themselves.  It was a little unclear who had taken the victory until we got a look at the photo finish.  The photo confirmed that Van Der Poel had just beaten Van Aert by the length of his deep dish carbon wheel.  The pair are evenly matched and they showed it by just how close the finish of Ronde Van Vlaanderen was.  It may well have been the closest finish of the race since it first started 107 years ago.  I tried to confirm that but the Pro Cycling Stats website only gives the time margins which shows the last five races have been close, but doesn't give the physical distance between finishers.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen, One of These Two


 With Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) out, the race was down to Wout Van Aerts (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).  Both riders had spent too much effort watching each other in last week's Gent-Wevelgem and marked each other out of contention for the sprint finish.  Clearly the pair had no intention of repeating their mistake.  While they had dueling words through the cycling press all week, today they were willing to collaborate to stay away and let their legs decide who was the better rider on the day.  On their last trip up the Oude Kwaremont and the final climb, they stuck to each other like glue, and continued to work together.  They have almost a minute and a half on the remnants of the peloton and they had no intention of letting anyone back into the race.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen, What Happened?


 Both Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) looked back to try and see what had happened.  A rider can hear a crash happening behind them and can usually tell how bad it was by the sound.  These two had Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) on their wheel as the trio rode away from the chasing peloton.  As they caught a bit of a draft off of one of the race offical motos and then flipped around to pass, Alaphilippe had a momentary lapse of atention.  That split second of talking to his team car on the radio meant that he ran his shoulder into the motorcycle or his driver and flipped his bike head over heals.  That is him lying on the road where he came to rest after somersaulting over himself and his bike.  He wasn't going to be rejoining the race.  Normally, I don't paint crashes, and I really am focusing on his competitors reactions rather than his obvious pain, but this one change the profile of the remaining 35 kilometers of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen.  And not to my preferences.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Off the Front


 Everyone had been waiting for the move and at 44 kilometers up the Oude Kwareberg it came.  Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie) had set himself up as the perfect springboard for Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step).  Alaphilippe is riding his debut Ronde Van Vlaanderen and was hoping his Rainbow Jersey would take him to victory at the end of the day.  This duo had opened some clear daylight between themselves and the peloton, but there was still quite a few kilometers of racing to go and anything could happen... 

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow th edirect link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above.  Since ti is an original work of art, it is a first come first seved reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburth watercolors from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 USD plus shipping, and yes international shipping is available.

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