Tour de France 2013: Stage 7 – Montpellier to Albi

Bonjour! Southern stage takes the riders inland towards the Pyrenees. Agricultural landscapes contrast with Stage 6’s more industrial scenery. Essentially another stage for sprinters but the hills begin to test in readiness for the Pyrenees. Team Cannondale dominated the stage. Finally a great win for the big man in green, Peter Sagan. Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2013: Stage 6 – Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier

Bonjour! Another sprinters stage through the flatter landscape of Provence. Still the odd mountain and castle though, but much for the riders to contend with in the form of crosswinds courtesy of the Mistral. A fast end to the race, with a great win for Greipel. Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2013: Stage 5 – Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseilles

Bonjour! Welcome to Provence! A very long stage through the region, through pretty villages, woodland, quiet lakes and rivers. What a treat? A great stage as well, with opportunities for the sprinters, culminating in an explosive shot over the line by Mark Cavendish. Bravo! Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2013: Stage 4 – Nice to Nice

Bonjour! Welcome to Nice! Fantastic team time trial in the most glamorous setting. What more to say? Exciting racing, Omega Pharma-Quick Step held the lead until Orica GreenEdge pipped them for the win by one second. Agony and ecstasy! Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2013: Stage 3- Ajaccio to Calvi

Bonjour! This was last stage set on the beautiful island of Corsica. Another climbing stage on tough roads carving through the pink rocks. Then through the streets to Calvi where garden walls tumbled with purple bougainvillea. The race was hot and gruelling. The remarkable finish, was decided by a photograph. Peter Sagan just lost out to the Australian, Simon Gerrans by a whisker! All set for Stage 4, back on the mainland in Nice. Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2013: Stage 2- Bastia to Ajaccio

Bonjour! After the drama and strange happenings of Stage 1, the second stage seemed somewhat calmer until the race reached Ajaccio. Strong legs required for the first of the climbing stages. Sky flexed their muscles with a chase through the streets and there was a surprise win for a very happy man, Jan Bakelants, with a one second gap! Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2013: Stage 1- Porto Vecchio to Bastia

Bonjour! Welcome to the start of the Centenary Tour de France, beginning this year in Corsica. What an amazing start it was? Such a beautiful island; the 200 riders set out in glorious sunshine and rode by the sea and the lower edges of the mountains in a stage that seemed to be going so well right up to the finish. With only a few km to go, a team bus and the winning line gantry came together in a dreadful collision, which echoed further back amongst the riders themselves. Serious injury sustained by some, lucky escapes for others. A…