Tour de France 2020: Stage 19 – The Meeting of the shirts

I really enjoy making pictures of the four Jerseys and usually the best time to do this is before the start or during the rollout. Stage 19 had some great views of the four of them waiting and chatting before the day’s work began.

So here they are, the four best riders in each class at this point of the race, from left to right, Richard Carapaz, (Ineos Grenadiers), King of the Mountains, Primož Roglič, (Jumbo Visma), Yellow Jersey, Tadej Pogačar, (UAE), Best Young Rider, Sam Bennett, Deceuninck–Quick-Step, Best Sprinter. I think they are all fantastic, but I am biased!

The meeting of the shirts, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
The meeting of the shirts

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 19 – Søren Kragh Andersen flying to victory…

Søren Kragh Andersen, took off with around 22km left, in the most remarkable descent. Again, it was another great tactical manoeuvre by his team Sunweb, and he sustained this breakaway at breathtaking speed, which was both alarming and exhilarating to watch. His move was rewarded with another stage win, as no one else could catch him. Incredible!

Søren Kragh Anderson flying to victory! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Søren Kragh Anderson flying to victory! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 19 – Watching Le Tour

The course of Stage 19 passed through the loveliest countryside – and judging by the land art, a great dairy producer – These ladies were enjoying the sunshine until their interest was piqued by a sudden noise made by a strange, colourful creature with lots of legs – it whirred too. Some of the ladies felt that they’d seen one before, but couldn’t quite remember when…

Watching Le Tour, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Watching Le Tour

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Amigos

The story of Stage 18 will be long remembered because of its finish, with the Ineos Grenadiers’ Stage win for Michal Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz. They crossed the line together and it was a lovely moment of great generosity.

Amigos, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Amigos

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Fast and furious!

The real story of Stage 18, came from Ineos Grenadiers, who suffered great disappointment and sadness over Egan Bernal. The reigning champion was in such a bad state, that the team decided to withdraw him from the race, fearing further injury should he continue. Michal Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz formed a phenomenal break that lasted to the finish. They set a fantastic pace, reminding us that this team remains a forceful presence in the race.

Fast and furious! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Fast and furious!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Gravel!

Another feature of the route today, was a section noted for its gravel roads, never easy for riders and their teams for fears of punctures or falls, but very dramatic for the viewers and photographers, with the potential of smokey looking images, full of atmosphere. This is my attempt, which shows the Yellow and Polka Dot jerseys passing through the gravel, no doubt with more than a mouthful of dust in their lungs afterwards…

Gravel! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Gravel!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Bonjour Obelix!

There are many fans who not only come out to cheer on and witness the spectacle of the Tour, but also provide a bit of entertainment themselves. Here is a prime example, a huge Obelix, at the side of the road, in hid fetching blue and white trousers!

Bonjour Obelix! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Bonjour Obelix!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Wow!

If there is one thing that this year’s Tour de France would teach a visitor from outer space about France, is that it is a country with the most remarkable collection of mountains! I am staggered every year by the landscape and especially the mountain stages, but this year, they have seemed even more breathtaking than ever. This scenery typical of the views throughout the day! Wow!

Wow! Who lives there? Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Wow! Who lives there?

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 17 – Amazing Miquel!

The stage was dominated most of the way by Bahrain McLaren and Jumbo Visma, but then the mighty climb at the end of a long day produced an astounding break at 2.8km from Astana’s Miquel Angel Lopez, who powered through to take the win… Oh Superman!

Amazing Miquel! watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Amazing Miquel!

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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, by Maxine Dodd
Kämna wins! Watercolour pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd

Have a good day today.. 🙂