Tour de France 2020: Stage 17 – Oranges and lemons

Another image highlighting teams in this year’s race. Two teams on show here and I was taken with their respective colours, hence the title of the picture! The team at the front, is Bahrain McLaren, who picked up the pace and set a target for Jumbo Visma just behind them.

Orange and lemons! Watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Orange and lemons!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 17 – Heading for the big blue

Stage 17 the Queen stage this year, takes 168km between Grenoble and the newly-built cycling route to the summit of the Col de la Loze. This first image shows the peloton heading towards the mountains, which to my eye, looked like a frontier that was big and very blue. Simply stunning…

Heading for the big blue. watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Heading for the big blue

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 16 – Lennard Kämna Wins!

Stage 16 reached its climax with a phenomenal break by Lennard Kämna, who burst through, leaving Carapaz behind, to take a terrific win. Fantastic stage today and it’s the Queen stage next, how much better can this be?

Kämna wins! Watercolour pen and ink
Kämna wins!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 16 – Explosive break!

The Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz made the next explosive break; he is a firecracker of a rider! He is the current champion of the Giro d’Italia and his class and strength on this climb burst through.

Explosive break!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 16 – Two-man break

This break in Stage 16 shown here, began with Guillaume Martin of Team Cofidis, at 25.5km, along with his team-mate Nicolas Edet. Martin is riding high in the General Classification and his strength is no flash in the pan, but the bold move was short-lived being pulled back at 20km.

Two-man break, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Two-man break

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 16 – Quentin Pacher

Stage 16 saw several attacks throughout, this one saw Quentin Pacher ride with determination on the ascent to the last climb of the day. He maintained a healthy gap on the peloton, until he was later reeled in.

Quentin Pacher, watercolour, pen and ink
Quentin Pacher

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 16 – Colombia and Lancashire

Another team in the race is Education First, (born out of Garmin). They wear a fantastic pink and navy strip, which I love, as you can always spot them easily. This second image shows a nice moment between team-mates, Rigoberto Uran from Colombia and Hugh John Carthy from Lancashire in the UK, riding and chatting together.

Colombia and Lancashire, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Colombia and Lancashire

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 16 – Long train

Stage 16 saw the race resume after its second rest day and 100% all clear COVID-19 test results. It looks like the race will go to Paris, but first there is the matter of more mountain stages… no small matter. At this point the man in Polka Dots is Benoit Cosnefroy, but things may change.

This first scene shows a long train of riders heading for the mountains in the region of Chartreuse, the trees were appropriately, a most beautiful shade of yellow-green…

Long train... watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Long train…

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – Gasp to the line!

The climax to Stage 15 was the nearest you’ll see to a bunch sprint from climbers and was a remarkable finish to the day. The pace was set by Wout Van Aert, and drew a group dash, lead by Primož Roglič currently in Yellow and his great friend and compatriot, Tadej Pogačar. They flew to the line, amazing in itself, given the climb they had just made and this time Pogačar took the win, gasping – sensational!

Gasp to the line! Tadej Pogacar, watercolour, pen and ink
Gasp to the line! Tadej Pogacar

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – a consoling gesture

This image from Stage 15, shows the moment when Nairo Quintana of Arkéa-Samsi, gave his friend Egan Bernal, the current champion, a consoling tap on the back as he rode alongside him and his team mates from Ineos Grenadiers. Bernal was struggling, which was painful to see. The Grand Colombier proved to be too much for both of them, as Quintana too, fell out of the overall standings later on. A tough day.

Flags out on the Grand Colombier, Stage 15

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – Flags out on the Grand Colombier

This next image from Stage 15, shows another view of the fans at the start of the climb to the Grand Colombier, standing on a road that was ridiculously steep and greeting the two riders who were together at this point, Pierre Rolland of B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Michael Gogl of NTT Pro Cycling.

Flags out on the Grand Colombier, Stage 15, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Flags out on the Grand Colombier, Stage 15

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – Grand Colombier

This opening image from Stage 15, is a little panorama of the crowds and lead group on the Grand Colombier, the final climb in this gruelling stage. There were so many flags – all nationalities – It’s wonderful to see everyone together, willing these riders on – Fantastic!

Grand Colombier, Stage 15, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Grand Colombier, Stage 15

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