Sunday, July 31, 2022

Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8 Finale!: Mountain Queen


I realize now I could have titled this "Joy and Pain."  Demi Vollering (SD Worx) had chased Annemiek Van Vleutin up mountains for the last two days, never quite able to catch the Dutch woman on the Spanish team.  But she did get over some of the climbs before her, and she got over some climbs before the attacks for the stage got started.  So while she wasn't able to win the stage nor the Maillot Jaune, she is on the podium in second and takes the Queen of the Mountains title in the first Tour de France Femmes, or the return of the women's Tour de France.  Judging by the crowds on the side of the roads along the 1,033 kilometers over the past eight days, and millions watching all around the world, this won't be a one off.  Despite her exhaustion at the summit, Vollering did try to make a heart over her chest as she crossed the line, thanking her team, the fans, and her family who awaited her.  

Well done to everyone who started the race in Paris, and to all of those who finished atop the La Super Planches des Belle Filles.  Chapeau!  

This is the last of my paintings of the first Tour de France Femmes (and the return to a women's Tour de France).  I am clearly also finished painting the men's race as well.  I don't plan to be painting any more cycling until the UCI World Road Championships in late September, althougth that is just seven weeks from now.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: The Stage, the Jersey, the Tour!


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As she came over the crest of the La Super Planches des Belle Filles Annemiek Van Vleutin (Movistar) had barely enough left to pump her fist in the air.  She was then caught by one of the helpers waiting to support each and every woman as they crossed the line completely exhausted.  Once she had caught her breathe, the reality of winning the first Tour de France Femmes and the first true woman's Tour de France in almost forty years began to sink in.  And she had done it by a bit under four minutes.  She actually added time to her advantage over everyone else two days in a row, and won the stage both times.  She is the second woman to win a stage wearing yellow in these past eight days.  Gefeliciteerd

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: Alone, Again


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Much was made during the first hundred kilometers of the stage about just how deep Annemiek Van Vleutin (Movistar) had gone yesterday, and just how much she had had to chase today after 5 seperate bike chances.  Would she have the legs to hold off the attacks, or at the very least keep them within her time buffer?  Why would they doubt the co-queen of the women's peloton? While Marianne Vos has won everything flat and bumpy, the other dominant woman on the road is Van Vleutin.  Today she prove all of the doubters wrong going on the offensive with six kilometers left to race.  She was racing with the two fruits of yesterday's labors, naturally the yellow jersey, but also the red bib numbers of the most aggressive rider of the previous stage.  She should get both of those honors again today.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: There to Help


Paula Andrea Patino (Movistar) had been in the front group all stage long just waiting for her team leader (and the Maillot Jaune) Annemiek Van Vleutin to catch up with the leaders out on the road.  As they closed in on the last kilometers of the stage, the Planche des Belle Filles, and the Tour de France Femmes, she was there to help Van Vleutin make her move to distance the rest of the peloton.  Just as it was yesterday, only Demi Vollering (SD Worx) had any chance of holding onto the wheel of the former world champion.  Vollering was over three minutes behind Van Vleutin on GC, but she had a six point lead on the Maillot Jaune in the quest for the Polka Dot Jersey of the Queen of the Mountains.  All Vollering had to do was to finish within three places to claim the final Maillot a Pois.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: Attacking the Final Climb


As the lead group hit the turn onto the final climb up to La Super Planches des Belle Filles Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon/SRAM) went hard off the front.  Yara Kastelijn (Plantur-Para) and LIane Lippert (DSM) were the first to respond.  It seems that Grace Brown was swinging out of line to be ready to help her three teammates that were in the chasing group of the Maillot Jaune.  That group was just over a minute back.  I suspect that the team wanted her to have something left in the legs to help her companions out.  FDJ had started the day with two riders in the top ten and I am sure they wanted to hold those positions or more likely to improve them by the end of the day.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: Thanks


Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health) reaches out in her Cyprus Champion's jersey to tap her thanks to her teammate, Nina Buijsman, for helping her chase back onto the group with the Maillot Jaune at the bottom of the Ballon d'Alsace.  She joins Alena Amialiusik (Canyon/SRAM), Evita Muzic and Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) and of course the woman in yellow herself, Annemiek Van Vleutin.  They all had just one more obstacle today, getting up to the top of the La Super Blanches des Belle Filles.  That was going to be no easy task on the eighth day of racing.  Who will still be with the Maillot Jaune at the top?



This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: Catching the Front Group


I found a new chance to create a title that can be interpreted two ways.  First the press photographer has gotten off the back of his motorcycle to catch a shot of the front group while his driver waits to take him to the next photo-op.  And second, the American Krista Doebel-Hickok (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) has just come across to join the tail of the front group and the wheel of Yara Kastlijn (Plantur-Pura).  The group was on the penultimate climb of the day, the Tour in fact, the Ballon d'Alsace.  Would this be the group that would leave the peloton behind getting to the line first?  I'm sure they all planned that to be so.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 8: Swapping Bikes


Annemiek Van Vleutin (Movistar) was having the best of starts to her final stage of the Tour de France Femmes.  Yes, she did start the day in the Maillot Jaune with a three plus minute buffer, but things weren't going to her way mechanically.  She had started the stage in an all yellow bike, but when she had to trade bikes with her teammate Arlenis Sierra, she was getting off of a black bike with just yellow bar tape.  As she rode off on the blue bike that wasn't an exact fit Sierra waited for their team car to get her spare.  Later Van Vleutin was seen back on the yellow one.  And still later, she finished the stage back on the black bike with a different rear wheel.  I make that five bike changes in a single stage.  That makes for a lot of chasing back on, what will she have left on the final climb?

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Tour Femmes '22, Stage 7: The Girl in the Middle


Demi Vollering (SD Worx) was stuck unable to catch up to Annemieke Van Vleutin (Movistar) but then those behind weren't able to catch her either.  As she went over the top of the Grand Ballon, she was just over two minutes behind the stage winner, but she can take some comfort in being the next Queen of the Mountains and moving up into second place over all.  She is three and a quarter minutes behind the new Maillot Jaune, but tomorrow will be an even harder day, the ends both the stage and the Tour on the top of Super Planches des Belles Filles. Conversely, she only has a minute and three quarters on the woman sitting in third. When she reached the top and hugged her parents it was looking like she was totally spent.  It all comes down how well she and Van Vleutin can recover tonight.  

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g

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Tour Femmes '22, Stage 7: Riding into the Yellow Jersey


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I'm sorry I couldn't resist the temptation when I saw Annemiek Van Vleutin (Movistar) rode past this inflatable yellow jersey on her way to winning one of her own. Van Vleutin has been on a tear this stage.  Having dropped the only rider who could go with her on her original attack she has only gained time on literally everyone out on the road.  The way she was climbing up the Grand Ballon I am willing to bet she even dropped a motorcycle or two.  In this painting you can see both of her goals for the day, the Maillot Jaune and the summit of the climb with its statue of Diable Bleus, the mountain soldiers of WWI.  She did accomplish both goals.  Oddly, there wasn't a good camera angle of her stage win.  So this will have to do as the image of her epic ride to both the stage victory and becoming the new owner of the Maillot Jaune.  Tomorrow will tell if she went way to deep for today's stage or while she will be able to keep this hard won jersey.

This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available through my website at greigleach.com or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of the post to purchase the painting above. Since it is an original work of art, it is a first come first served reality. The painting was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.Richesonart.com. The work sells for $90 USD including shipping, and yes, international shipping is available. 

If you can't afford to purchase a piece you could always help keep me going by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/greigsartc.  And check out my vlogs at my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLGX-TnjXDSkkOidUE6pN1g