Monday, July 6, 2015

Tour de France Stage 2: The Throw for the Line

The group of 20 some riders that got away never saw the rest of the peloton again.  With several of the marquee sprinter's in the group, in fact only Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was missing from the front of the race, it was going to shake out to be a very exciting sprint for the line.  Mark Cavendish (Etixx Quickstep) was forced to go too early, so as he faded, Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was able to get around the Manx Missile for the first road stage victory of the Tour.  Greipel just held off the charging Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) with Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) grabbing the final podium spot.  More importantly for Cancellara his third place finish earned him enough bonus seconds to put him into the Maillot Jaune.  Greipel's win earned him the Maillot Vert, his first ever at the Tour de France.

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Tour de France Stage 2: Leaving Some Big Names Behind

Several teams where very attentive and took full advantage when the peloton went into strong crosswinds on the open Dutch roads near the North Sea.  Tinkoff Saxo saw the weather as a great opportunity to gain time for Alberto Contador and to get rid of some of Peter Sagan's sprint competition.  Etixx-Quickstep saw the same opportunity for their sprinter, Mark Cavendish, and if the cards fell right, they could move Tony Martin into the Maillot Jaune.  Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) were there for the ride and were willing to help the other teams push out their advantage over the chasing groups.  It just goes to show that it isn't only the mountains that can cause big time gaps to appear on the general classification.  And to think, today was only the second day of the Tour!

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Tour de France Stage 2: Caught Out

The feared high winds of the Netherlands did appear along with some rather harsh cold rain.  At one point the sky had actually turned purple.  For some the winds played havoc on their Tour aspirations including Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).  The pair where consider two of the top four to win the 102nd Tour de France, but the weather seemed to have different ideas.  Nibali had a charmed 101st Tour, seemingly never putting a pedal wrong, but today it seemed that he couldn't catch a break.  Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) hit the front of the group trying his hardest to bring the Italian National Champion back up to the front group (and trying to keep the Quintana group from catching up to them).  In the end, the two joined together, but still lost almost two minutes to Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) and the American, Tejay van Garderen (BMC).

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Tour de France Stage 2: Checking the Time

The breakaway shed itself of the Frenchman, Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) after Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) attacked the group to get maximum points at the intermediate sprint.  Barta pressed on on his own, but he was eventually joined by Stef Clement (IAM Cycling) and Amindo Fonseca (Bretagne Seche) as the trio road through the streets of Rotterdam.  Even with constant radio communication with their team cars, the riders are informed of the time gaps between groups on the road by the age old slate board.  Holding the board is always a rather attractive woman giving the riders something else to check out beside the time gap.

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Tour de France Stage 2: Parting the Sea

Stage 2 was the opening of the road racing in this year's Tour.  The peloton left Utrecht heading for the wide open flats of the Dutch country side covering 166 kilometers on their way to the edge of the North Sea and Zelande.  This group of four wasted no time getting away from the peloton, attacking as soon as the neutral zone came to an end and the racing flag was dropped.  The foursome of Amindo Fonseca (Bretagne Seche), Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18), Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), and Stef Clement (IAM Cycling) were never able to gain more than two minutes on those behind.  The stage profile showed that it would be a day for the sprinters unless the notorious winds of the Netherlands blew apart the peloton.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tour de France Stage 1: Turning for Home

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) laid down a nice start for the Tour.  While he managed a 20th place in the stage, the far more important achievement was that he finished ahead of all of the main contenders.  Some of them are quite talented time trialist like Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) and Chris Froome (Team Sky).  Both of whom crashed out of last year's Tour.  Perhaps with an opening individual time trial, some of the early jitters in the peloton will have been quelled and the traditional early crashes will be reduced.  Every man who took to the streets of Utrecht truly hope to still be racing when the peloton pulls onto the Champs Elysees 20 stages from today.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my cycling art is available for purchase through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour de France Stage 1: Chasing Them Down

In an individual time trial, each rider leaves the start gate in one minute intervals, so it is unusual for one rider to catch the man ahead of him on the road.  However, when the man on the bike is Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) even the former World Road Racing Champion, Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) can't keep from being caught.  With the time that Rohan Dennis had posted, the only man who still had a realistic chance of taking over the lead was Spartacus (Cancellara's nick name in the peloton).  But even the man who was once accused of hiding a motor in his bike couldn't take the lead from the Australian Dennis.

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Tour de France Stage 1: A Flying Dutchman

Tom Dumolin (Giant Alpecin) had been very excited to learn that the opening stage of the Tour de France was going to be an individual time trial on his own country's soil.  Dumolin is a former Dutch National Time Trial Champion, and he was dreaming of pulling on the Yellow Jersey while standing on a Tour de France podium in the Netherlands.  The roar of his countrymen has he ripped through the streets of Utrecht was near deafening, but must have been music to Dumolin's ears.  Alas, he was unable to better the time of Rohan Dennis (BMC), so his dreams of yellow may have to wait until another year.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my cycling art is available for purchase through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour de France Stage 1: Setting a Very High Bar

Rohan Dennis (BMC) came to the Tour ready to race!  While he was one of the early riders to hit the short 13.8 technical course on the streets of Utrecht, it appeared that he laid down a very fast ride.  In fact his average speed of 55.7 kilometers per hour is the fastest pace ever recorded for a time trial in the history of the Tour de France.  It should come as no surprise that the former holder of the hour record (a feat he achieved early in 2015) was able to turn in such a strong time trial.  The extra incentive for the day, whoever wins the stage will pull on the first Maillot Juane of the 2015 Tour de France.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my cycling art is available for purchase through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

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Tour de France Stage 1: Many First

The 102nd Tour de France got underway today with a short individual time trial through the streets of Utrecht in the Netherlands.  Daniel Teklehaimanet (MTN-Qhubeka) was the first of 190 men to ride down the ramp and out into the opening stage of the Tour.  Teklemhaimanet is the first Eritrean to race the Tour and this is his team's first opportunity to ride in the race around France.  With his departure from the start gate, today is the first time that the Tour has ever started in the Dutch city of Utrecht.  So this painting does represent quite a few firsts for the Tour and for my project of painting every stage of the race every day.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my cycling art is available for purchase through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  And yes, international shipping is available.

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