Tour de France 2016: Stage 12 – Montpellier to Mont Ventoux (Chalet-Reynard)

Bonjour! Stage 12 is one that will live long in the memory for the worst possible reasons. The day began with a change of plan – the mountain too savaged by winds for the race to complete there. A new finish was decided upon at Chalet-Reynard. Crowds and media installed at the top, moved down to the new location, where there were crowds already. As the stage came to its climax, weaving through the throng of people, there was an horrendous collision for Richie Porte and then Chris Froome lost his bike completely. The sight of a desperate yellow jersey running to the finish until a new bike could reach him was extraordinary. The stage was won by Thomas De Gendt and fellow Belgian Serge Pauwels came second. It appeared that Froome and Porte had lost their places in the overall classification. The balance was restored by the organisers the next day. All of this dissolved to nothing later in the evening, as children and their families were mercilessly attacked in Nice. I gave up. Later, I drew a dove to remember them – a drop in the ocean. Here are my drawings:

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  1. It was definitely a stage that will be remembered for a long time. Look out for me tomorrow – on the road that starts to climb out of Martigny to the Col de Forclaz. I should be in the first kilometre or so (somewhere near the first left hand hairpin I expect) wearing my Tiger stripes ! 🙂

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    1. Great to hear from you! I shall look out for you in your Tiger stripes! 🙂

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      1. Hopefully there’ll be something special happening for you to paint, with some amber and black stripes in the backgroind ! 😉

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      2. I shall keep my eyes peeled! 😀

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  2. Unfortunately it looks like I blended into the crowd. 😦 So I’m afraid you’ll have to use some artistic license !

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    1. That’s a shame! At least with your photos, I can see exactly now where you were on the route. I understand what you mean by the first corner/bend now. What an incredible road!!! Earlier on in the broadcast (not where you were I now realise) I saw an inflatable zebra in the crowd but of course, it was wearing the wrong stripes!!! I’ll be drawing today, so will still look carefully for you 🙂

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  3. Yes, it was a good place to stop as I could see the riders coming up the hill and even going through the town. I’ll look forward as always to seeing your pictures.

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    1. Cheers Mike!😀

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  4. P.S. I think the zebra was between Aigle and Martigny – possibly near St Maurice.

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    1. Brilliant! 😀

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