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Tour de France 2014: Stage 7 – Épernay to Nancy

Bonjour! Stage 7 is one of the longest stages on this year’s Tour but passed through some lovely towns and villages by the great river Moselle. The weather was dry at last and for the most part, the stage passed uneventfully. Then came three dramatic crashes and a photo finish – never a dull moment! The stage was won in a hair’s breadth by Matteo Trentin.  Here are my drawings:

Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 – Arras to Reims

Bonjour! Today’s stage continued through the landscapes of the First World War – somehow appropriate that there was more rain and mud. More riders retired following falls. Still, the fans came out to support with towns and villages decked out in yellow and polka dots. The yellow jersey remained with Vincenzo Nibali; and after another dash to the line, a first stage win this year for Andre Greipel. A good day’s racing! Here are my drawings:

Cycling art, Tour de France, watercolour pen and ink painting, Triumph in the rain and mud, Lars Boom by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2014: Stage 5 – Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Bonjour! This was the stage that every fan of the Tour and every rider was dreading! Riding on the infamous cobbled pavés – torrential rain added even more danger to the cocktail. Sadly, the reigning champion’s race ended on the wet road, with two further falls. The rain hammered down all day and in marked contrast to the previous stages, the winner dragged himself over the line alone, covered in mud, but very happy. Congratulations to Lars Boom. What on earth will happen tomorrow?  Here are my drawings:

Cycling art, Tour de France, watercolour pen and ink painting, So many bikes! by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2014: Stage 4 – Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Métropole

Bonjour! Well today the Tour is here in France and steering a gentler course inland. One fall to report – of the current champion Christopher Froome. With sore injuries sustained, he managed to complete the stage. Meanwhile, after a burst near the end by team Omega, the stage was won again by Marcel Kittel by a hair’s breadth!  Here are my drawings:

Cycling art, Tour de France, watercolour pen and ink painting, Close to Yellow by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2014: Stage 2 – York to Sheffield

Bonjour! The second stage of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart left the Dales for the Peak District from the ancient city of York to the steel city of Sheffield. There were more spills but fortunately not as catastrophic as yesterday’s crash. The route was greeted by more huge crowds, estimates of a million people following the race, simply astonishing. The stage was won by Vincnezo Nibali. Here are my drawings:

Cycling art, Tour de France, watercolour pen and ink painting, The wheatfields of Essex by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 – Cambridge to London

Bonjour! The final stage of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart came south to Cambridge running through Essex to London for a sprint up the Mall. A calmer day from the previous two, the course passed through pink villages, fields of ripening wheat and blue linseed. Another lovely day with so many spectators lining the route, even the rain that began in London couldn’t keep them away. Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan battled it out again for the stage, with Kittel pipping to the post. Tomorrow the Tour goes home to France but it’s been a wonderful detour to Britain. The…

Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate

Bonjour! – or should that be ‘Hello’?  The Tour de France’s Grand Depart took place in the in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. Pretty villages, grand towns and dramatic hills and fields. Yorkshire embraced the Tour as its own, turning the county yellow with bunting, painted bikes, sculptures and scarecrows. Riders were greeted by Royalty, Red Arrows, brass bands, a million or so people and the sun shone. The stage was won in a dash by Marcel Kittel after a dramatic accident involving Mark Cavendish. A ripping start to the Tour!  Here are my first drawings: