Stage 11 – A gruelling day’s riding through remarkable mountain scenery. Tejay sprinted, Cadel fell away, Nibali led the ascent, Froome took off and Wiggins held on by 2 minutes to keep the yellow jersey. Pierre Rolland gritted his teeth to take the stage. Phew! My drawings even more ragged than usual! Here they are:
Stage 10 – The approach to the lower foothills of the Alps, featuring the the 17.4km climb of Col du Grand Colombier. The climb hard, the descent not for the fainthearted. Brad held on to the yellow jersey and the stage win went to Thomas Voeckler. Here are some drawings
Stage 9 – The first of the long, individual time trials. Fantastic performances and surprise newcomer Tejay van Garderen, but heroic performances from Chris Froome, Fabian Cancellara, Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins – big yellow! Here are some drawings
Stage 8 – The first stage where Brad starts in the yellow jersey. More climbs in this stage as the Tour crosses the border into Switzerland. Bad accident involving the current Olympic champion, Sanchez. The stage was won by Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. Here are some drawings
Stage 7 – The first real climb. This stage had the best sunshine, the best scenery and the worst climb so far. So beautiful and so extreme. A great stage for Team Sky, with Chris Froome dragging himself up the last hill to take the win and the yellow jersey for Brad. Great day. Here are some drawings
Stage 6 – This was the last sprint stage before the mountains, passing by scenes of battle in World War I. The stage could be summed up as, big skies, big trees and big accidents. Here are some more drawings.
Stage 5 – In contrast to yesterday, the course today passed through fields of motionless wind turbines – no wind to turn them. Later, there were storms brewing, with more spills and accidents. I used the panoramic sketchbook again to try and catch the flavour. Here are some of the drawings.