Tour de France 2019: Stage 14 – Tarbes to Tourmalet Barèges

Bonjour!  Stage 14 saw the first real mountain stage. After the time-trial yesterday, it was all uphill from there, you might say! First the Pyrenees and then the Alps. These stages would test everyone – They did not disappoint. The stage was relatively short but packed two major climbs, the Col du Soulor and the Col du Tourmalet. The course was lined with people – always amazes me how they squeeze onto the verges – and the gradients were punishing – especially at the finish. Thibaut Pinot rode a lovely race to pull away at the finish to take the win. Alaphilippe still in yellow, all poised again for tomorrow!

Here are a few of my pictures – this stage will inspire for a very long time!

 

 

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 13 – Pau to Pau

Bonjour!  Stage 13 was the individual time trial in Pau. The course was bumpy rather than hilly, the serious climbs will come next, so this was a chance for everyone to strut their stuff before the going gets really hard.  Julian Alaphilippe began the day in yellow, a colour he is enjoying and becoming accustomed to wearing. The contest for him, and arguably, everyone else was against Geraint Thomas, who was expected to win this stage. With other riders such as Uran, De Gendt and Wout van Aert also in the frame, there was great anticipation.

The sad part of the day was a heavy fall for van Aert, who almost completed a phenomenal ride. De Gendt took the lead afterwards until, Geraint Thomas stormed round. He held first place for 14.67 seconds when the Musketeer in Yellow ripped up the hill to take the win. It was an astonishing ride by Alaphalippe, he is a joy to watch.

For me, the challenge is capturing an individual time-trial in a way that doesn’t look static. The single figure can look solitary, which doesn’t happen when a team races together. This time, I experimented with drawing different views on the same page as the rider progressed around the course. The results are quite abstract, which I rather like, but not sure if it tells the story of their run particularly well. It’s a bit different anyway. See what you think…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 12 – Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Bonjour!  Well, what a terrific stage? So exciting, with a cat and mouse finish reminiscent of a track race, three riders waiting for each other to start the sprint to the line. The three in question, Simon Yates, Pello Bilbao and Gregor Mühlberger had been duking it out through the mountains in a lively descent, so the climax at the finish was terrific. The eventual winner was Simon Yates, who took his first Tour de France stage win, completing his collection of Grand Tour stages.  Fantastic!

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 11 – Albi to Toulouse

Bonjour!  Stage 11 had a strong artistic connection. The stage began in Albi, the birthplace of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – a true linesmith if ever there was one. The museum there has a great collection of his most famous pictures. I have always been struck by the fragility of them, being made as posters and painted on cardboard. Much of his art was made for advertising and not for grand salons. Not intended for long life, this art was made from the streets for the streets – and yet, thankfully, it has survived for us to enjoy to this day….one of my favourites!

The run-in to Toulouse took the riders on another blistering day, past sunflowers – fields of them. They remind me of Lautrec’s Dutch friend… but that’s another story and another sad one… These flowers are a great symbol of the Tour, yellow and strong, enduring and following the hot sun all day… Madness when you think about it for too long.

The drama exploded at the end of the stage with a sprint to the line between Caleb Ewan and Dylan Groenewegen once again right on the line.  This time the Australian won through and took his first and well-deserved first stage win. With his wife and brand new daughter waiting to greet him, this was a lovely end to a golden day.

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 10 – Saint-Flour to Albi

Bonjour!  This was another long, hot, rolling day through beautiful countryside, heading south. The anticipated issue for the riders was crosswinds, always tricky. A breakaway of five riders began the campaign but were soon reigned in.The groups came together, split and divided so much – it was really hard to keep up. The finish was one for the sprinters and this time, Wout van Aert took the glory by an absolute whisker! I was confused but happy! Fab stage!

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 9 – Saint-Étienne to Brioude

Bonjour!  On Bastille Day – Even more special because a French rider was wearing the Yellow Jersey. The race continued through the hills and rolling countryside on what proved to be a quieter stage than yesterday. Julian Alaphilippe defended his precious shirt and enjoyed the day. He greeted Yohan Offredo current holder of the Lantern Rouge with a fist pump on the way. There was a fourteen-man breakaway, which pretty much dominated the stage, while the peloton seemed to pause for breath enjoying the hills and descents. At the close, it was great to see the win taken by Daryl Impey from South Africa – a first for him. A perfect end to a perfect day…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 8 – Mâcon to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour!  Well after the longest route yesterday, Stage 8 could be called the hilliest – at least before the mountain stages. Travelling through the countryside of the Massif Central, this stage gave a hint at the contenders for the polka dot jersey – Thomas de Gendt taking the lead this time in a phenomenal ride. Meanwhile, two of my favourite riders, Alaphilippe and Pinot crossed the line together bringing them into the top three in the General Classification, all set for Bastille Day – another great day!

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 7 – Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône

Bonjour!  Stage 7 saw the longest route in this year’s race, a quieter stage than yesterday’s, giving us all time to recover a bit. The Breakaway double-act of Stephane Rossetto and Yoann Offredo stayed in the front for 218 km, eventually giving way to the sprinters. The win went to Dylan Groenewegen, but by a hair’s breadth – and it was breathtaking! Great riding once again. The Yellow Jersey remained with Giulio Ciccone, proving that the winner of this year’s race is completely unpredictable; the only certainty at this point, is the man in Green, Peter Sagan, who added precious points to his tally.

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 6 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Bonjour!  Now this stage really took me back – I loved this one and this dramatic climb to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles is very special. This year, the riders cycle past the usual finish by a further kilometre which was paved especially because of the extreme gradient – as if it wasn’t hard enough already? Oh the legs!!!  

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 5 – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar

Bonjour!  This was another lovely day’s racing through the Vosges mountains and the course was hilly enough to whet the appetite of climbing fans. There were plenty out to see the riders pass by – seemed to be a fair number of Brits today which was good to see. The story of the stage in a way, was a terrific win for Peter Sagan. Who was so delighted that he revived his ‘Incredible Hulk’ celebration from 2012 – one of the first times I drew him, not to mention my first year of drawing the Tour, full-stop. Takes you back doesn’t it? 

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 4 – Reims to Nancy

Bonjour!  Stage 4 saw the Tour move through a relatively flat but pretty landscape crossing the Moselle valley. Harvest seems to be in full swing here, with ochre fields full of wheat. The race saw a great breakaway with Michael Schär (CCC), Frederik Backaert and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) taking the stage on at the beginning. Schär went on to win the Combative ride of the stage, which was well-deserved. The final sprint was a very close one – the cameras were on Sagan but it was Elio Viviani, helped by the Yellow Jersey to position him right on the edge to storm past the rest to achieve his first Tour de France stage win. Great stuff!

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 – Binche to Épernay

Bonjour!  The Tour comes back to France! In the beautiful Champagne region – chalky soils and sunny countryside, no wonder the wine fizzes here! The Tour also fizzed again today – with a brilliant ride from Julian Alaphilippe. He is a flamboyant rider – such style and daring. He wears a moustache like a Musketeer and one would imagine rides like one – if we were ever to see a Musketeer on a bike!  However you see it, this man is a breath of fresh air to the sport – he is full of daring and fun. A fab day’s racing with the promise of what’s to come…

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