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Tour de France 2019: Stage 9 – Saint-Étienne to Brioude

Bonjour!  On Bastille Day – Even more special because a French rider was wearing the Yellow Jersey. The race continued through the hills and rolling countryside on what proved to be a quieter stage than yesterday. Julian Alaphilippe defended his precious shirt and enjoyed the day. He greeted Yohan Offredo current holder of the Lantern Rouge with a fist pump on the way. There was a fourteen-man breakaway, which pretty much dominated the stage, while the peloton seemed to pause for breath enjoying the hills and descents. At the close, it was great to see the win taken by Daryl…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 8 – Mâcon to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour!  Well after the longest route yesterday, Stage 8 could be called the hilliest – at least before the mountain stages. Travelling through the countryside of the Massif Central, this stage gave a hint at the contenders for the polka dot jersey – Thomas de Gendt taking the lead this time in a phenomenal ride. Meanwhile, two of my favourite riders, Alaphilippe and Pinot crossed the line together bringing them into the top three in the General Classification, all set for Bastille Day – another great day! Here are my pictures… click on an image to see it full size….

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 7 – Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône

Bonjour!  Stage 7 saw the longest route in this year’s race, a quieter stage than yesterday’s, giving us all time to recover a bit. The Breakaway double-act of Stephane Rossetto and Yoann Offredo stayed in the front for 218 km, eventually giving way to the sprinters. The win went to Dylan Groenewegen, but by a hair’s breadth – and it was breathtaking! Great riding once again. The Yellow Jersey remained with Giulio Ciccone, proving that the winner of this year’s race is completely unpredictable; the only certainty at this point, is the man in Green, Peter Sagan, who added precious…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 6 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Bonjour!  Now this stage really took me back – I loved this one and this dramatic climb to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles is very special. This year, the riders cycle past the usual finish by a further kilometre which was paved especially because of the extreme gradient – as if it wasn’t hard enough already? Oh the legs!!!   Here are my pictures… click on an image to see it full size.   Click on an image to see in full – Medium and measurements are listed below. Click here if you wish to enquire further…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 5 – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar

Bonjour!  This was another lovely day’s racing through the Vosges mountains and the course was hilly enough to whet the appetite of climbing fans. There were plenty out to see the riders pass by – seemed to be a fair number of Brits today which was good to see. The story of the stage in a way, was a terrific win for Peter Sagan. Who was so delighted that he revived his ‘Incredible Hulk’ celebration from 2012 – one of the first times I drew him, not to mention my first year of drawing the Tour, full-stop. Takes you back…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 4 – Reims to Nancy

Bonjour!  Stage 4 saw the Tour move through a relatively flat but pretty landscape crossing the Moselle valley. Harvest seems to be in full swing here, with ochre fields full of wheat. The race saw a great breakaway with Michael Schär (CCC), Frederik Backaert and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) taking the stage on at the beginning. Schär went on to win the Combative ride of the stage, which was well-deserved. The final sprint was a very close one – the cameras were on Sagan but it was Elio Viviani, helped by the Yellow Jersey to position him right on the…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 – Binche to Épernay

Bonjour!  The Tour comes back to France! In the beautiful Champagne region – chalky soils and sunny countryside, no wonder the wine fizzes here! The Tour also fizzed again today – with a brilliant ride from Julian Alaphilippe. He is a flamboyant rider – such style and daring. He wears a moustache like a Musketeer and one would imagine rides like one – if we were ever to see a Musketeer on a bike!  However you see it, this man is a breath of fresh air to the sport – he is full of daring and fun. A fab day’s…