Stage 14 – Limoux to Foix

Stage 14 – The Pyenees and what a contrast to yesterday? Dark overhanging trees, wet roads and misty skies. For the riders there were tremendous challenges, two hard climbs with steep descents, not to mention the astonishing action by someone to litter the road with carpet tacks, resulting in many punctures. Team BMC rallied round Cadel Evans whose bike was caught three times.Brad Wiggins honourably influenced the peloton to wait for him to catch up. Much more seriously, current King of the Mountains, Robert Kiserlovski had to abandon his Tour after a fall and suffering a broken collarbone, possibly as…

Stage 13 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d’Agde

Stage 13 – Bastille Day!  What a terrific stage? Where the course leads to the Mediterranean coast, passing through Sète via a road with furious crosswinds. The last push towards the finish was electric, Wiggins showing his terrific pace right at the end. Andre Greipel powered past Sagan to take the win.I can’t wait for tomorrow when riders finally reach the Pyrenees – Wonderful! Here are today’s drawings

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Stage 12 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux

Stage 12 – The longest stage of the tour, leaving the Alps and making its way to the Ardèche. Classic French scenery, sunflowers, wheatfields and red-tiled villages, along with extraordinary racing. Great battles to the finish line and David Millar won through. Here are my drawings

Stage 11 – Albertville to La Toussuire – Les Sybelles

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 – Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

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 – Arc-et-Senans to Besançon

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 – Belfort to Porrentruy

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