Monday, September 12, 2016

Tour of Britain, Final Stage: Taking the Final One

Lotto Soudal played an unusual tactic in the final kilometer of the Tour of Britain.  It appeared the Jens Debusschere was the final lead out for their sprinter, Andre Greipel.  Instead, as they pair went under the flame rouge, Greipel let the wheel of his teammate go and slowed the progress of the other sprinters who had lined up on the German sprinter's wheel.  It was Boy Van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo) who first saw the ploy and went chasing the fleeing Debusschere.  He was followed by the Dutch National Champion, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo), but the pair were left in the dust of the fast man, Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange).  So in the end it was Ewan for the victory on the final stage in London, with Groenwegen taking second and Debusschere just holding on for third.  Steve Cummings' Yellow Jersey stayed on his shoulders, as all of the other jersey stayed on the shoulders of those who started the day wearing them.

This is most likely the last race I will paint until the UCI World Road Racing Championships in Doha, Qatar.  There had been a chance that I would be there painting the races live onsite, but that doesn't seem to have worked out.  So it goes.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Final Stage: At Full Speed

With everyone tucked back into the peloton, or kicked out of the back, it was time for the lead out trains to take hold of the front of the peloton.  With so many teams still looking for a stage victory, it was hard for anyone team to take complete control.  Added to that was the smaller six man teams that just didn't allow for domination of the peloton.  Ben Swift (Sky) had the Etixx-Quickstep sprinter, Maximillano Richeze on his wheel rather than his own Elia Vivianni.  Mixing it up behind were the teams of ONE Pro Cycling, LottoNL Jumbo and Lotto Soudal, all hoping it would be their fast man who claimed the final stage of the Tour of Britain.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Final Stage: Filming It All

Obviously, every stage, every kilometer of the Tour of Britain has been covered by TV cameramen.  There are three TV Moto's with cameramen who film the race from the back of the motorcycles, sometimes at very high speeds and in all sorts of weather.  Their work is augmented by stationary cameras along the course and at the finish line, as well as two helicopters who film from above.  There is a move to get live camera feeds from the racers bicycles as well, but those didn't figure into this stage race.  So standing up on the back of the motorcycle was the cameraman filming the break of Gabriel Cullaigh (Team GB), Jasper Bovenhuis (An Post Chain Reaction), Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis) and Taylor Phinney (BMC).  This particular moment was captured by a stationary camera positioned near the finish line (or in this case the end of the fourth lap).

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Final Stage: Riding Around with Yellow

Unlike the Tour de France, there was no promenade around the streets of the capitol city of the Tour of Britain.  With a group up the road, it fell to Team Dimension Data to ride tempo, not letting the escapees get to far away.  So Mark Cavendish rode in behind the Yellow Jersey of Steve Cummings with the rest of the team on the front including, Johann Van Zyl, Jay Robert Thomson, Mark Renshaw, and Bernhard Eisel.  It is reported that Cavendish has been ill for much of the Tour, but stayed in the race to help his teammate ensure Yellow on the final podium of the race.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Final Stage: The First to Launch

The Sprint Jersey wearer, Jasper Bovenhuis (An Post Chain Reaction) was the first to jump out of the peloton, he was clearly off to rack up as many more sprint points as possible.  Immediately on to the Dutchman's wheel was Tom Stewart (Madison Genesis).  Before the duo had cover half of a kilometer both Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Gabriel Cullaigh (Team GB) joined them.  The foursome went straight to work opening up a thirty second gap on the following peloton before they were around the first lap of the streets of downtown London.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Final Stage: About to Start

The entire peloton lined up on the road side under the Admiralty Arch on the streets of London.  Well, all but eight of those who had started a week ago in Glasgow, Scotland.  As is the tradition of every stage start, all of the leaders' jerseys are placed front and center, with the rest of the peloton lining up as they like.  Just out of  "camera" is Rohan Dennis (BMC) in the points jersey.  Next to him and in camera is the King of the Mountian, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Group Gobert), then the Yellow Jersey of Steve Cummings (Dimension Data).  Breaking into the line up is the American, Taylor Phinney (BMC), perhaps he is planning something for the start.  And finally the sprinter leader, Jasper Bovenhuis (An Post Chain Reaction).  Bovenhuis has only to take one more of the intermediate sprints on the day to ensure his overall victory in the competition.  Unlike most stages, there is no neutral start for this circuit race through the streets of London, once the flag drops, the race is on.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tour of Britain, Stage 7b: A Huge Effort

After others had tried to escape from the peloton on the climb, but the hill had proved too much, it was Rohan Dennis (BMC) who got away at the summit.  If anyone could ride away from the whole of the peloton, it was the former World Hour Record holder.  Dennis had taken second this morning in the time trial, just three seconds slower than the winner, Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep).  No one else had the legs to ride as fast as this Australian in the morning, and it seems none could do it this afternoon either.  Dennis won the stage by six seconds over the field and was rewarded with a ten second time bonus and the points jersey in the bargain.  He now sits just twenty six seconds off the lead of Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) and just twelve seconds ahead of the former points jersey wearer, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).  It is unlikely that tomorrow's 99 kilometer circuit race on the streets of London will do much to alter the podium standings, but one never knows until it is done.  One thing is certain, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Group Gobert) will keep the King of the Mountains Jersey (well almost he still has to finish the stage tomorrow).

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Stage 7b: Teeing It Up

With the final climb under their wheels, the contender's teammates were teeing it up for their guys, or they were riding for themselves.  Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) was on the front to help launch his teammate, Tony Gallopin.  Behind the Frenchman was the man tied for second overall, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in the blue points leader's jersey.  Following him Jack Bauer (Cannondale-Drapac) with the rest of the contenders all in tow.  You can just see the yellow shoulder of the current race leader, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data).  Who will jump first, or more importantly, who will cross the line first?

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Stage 7b: In Suspense

Sorry, going for a pun with the title again.  The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a beautiful sight on the high ground of Bristol link the area of Ashton Court with the other side of the river Avon.  It was a rather long drop to the tidal river below.  So the breakaway was about to cross the suspension bridge while we and they were in suspense as to whether their effort would succeed or not.  This would be the final time that Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Boy Van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo), Deigo Rubio (Caja Rural-Seguros) and Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar) would cross the bridge today.  The course will bring them back across the river again, but the finish line is in the middle of Ashton Court just 13 kilometers away.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tour of Britain, Stage 7b: Sneaking Away

Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) used the penultimate climb of the day to jump clear of the peloton.  With just 16 kilometers left to race, he was hoping to make it around the streets of Bristol just that much quicker than everyone else.  After the summit, there is about three kilometers of flat road before the course twists and turns back down to the river.  He may have the advantage over the peloton after those three k, but it power is in the group before the descent.  Bouna fortuna, il mio amico!

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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