Stage 13 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d’Agde

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Stage 13 – Bastille Day!  What a terrific stage? Where the course leads to the Mediterranean coast, passing through Sète via a road with furious crosswinds. The last push towards the finish was electric, Wiggins showing his terrific pace right at the end. Andre Greipel powered past Sagan to take the win.I can’t wait for tomorrow when riders finally reach the Pyrenees – Wonderful! Here are today’s drawings

Stage 12 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux

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Stage 12 – The longest stage of the tour, leaving the Alps and making its way to the Ardèche. Classic French scenery, sunflowers, wheatfields and red-tiled villages, along with extraordinary racing. Great battles to the finish line and David Millar won through. Here are my drawings

Stage 11 – Albertville to La Toussuire – Les Sybelles

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Stage 11 – A gruelling day’s riding through remarkable mountain scenery. Tejay sprinted, Cadel fell away, Nibali led the ascent, Froome took off and Wiggins held on by 2 minutes to keep the yellow jersey. Pierre Rolland gritted his teeth to take the stage. Phew! My drawings even more ragged than usual! Here they are:

Stage 10 – Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

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Stage 10 – The approach to the lower foothills of the Alps, featuring the the 17.4km climb of Col du Grand Colombier. The climb hard, the descent not for the fainthearted. Brad held on to the yellow jersey and the stage win went to Thomas Voeckler. Here are some drawings

Stage 9 – Arc-et-Senans to Besançon

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Stage 9 – The first of the long, individual time trials. Fantastic performances and surprise newcomer Tejay van Garderen, but heroic performances from Chris Froome, Fabian CancellaraCadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins – big yellow! Here are some drawings

Stage 8 – Belfort to Porrentruy

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Stage 8 – The first stage where Brad starts in the yellow jersey. More climbs in this stage as the Tour crosses the border into Switzerland. Bad accident involving the current Olympic champion, Sanchez. The stage was won by Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. Here are some drawings

Stage 7 – Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles

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Stage 7 – The first real climb. This stage had the best sunshine, the best scenery and the worst climb so far. So beautiful and so extreme. A great stage for Team Sky, with Chris Froome dragging himself up the last hill to take the win and the yellow jersey for Brad. Great day. Here are some drawings

Stage 6 – Épernay to Metz

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Stage 6 – This was the last sprint stage before the mountains, passing by scenes of battle in World War I. The stage could be summed up as, big skies, big trees and big accidents. Here are some more drawings.

Stage 5 – Rouen to Saint Quentin

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Stage 5 – In contrast to yesterday, the course today passed through fields of motionless wind turbines – no wind to turn them. Later, there were storms brewing, with more spills and accidents. I used the panoramic sketchbook again to try and catch the flavour. Here are some of the drawings.

Stage 4 – Abbeville to Rouen

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Stage 4 –  An exciting stage with plenty happening as always. The course continued by the coast and crosswinds caused havoc. Here are some more drawings.

Stage 3 – Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer

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Stage 3 – The tour comes back to France from Belgium – a day with dangerous, seaside crosswinds.  I used a panoramic sketchbook this time. Here are some more drawings.

Stage 2 – Visé to Tournai

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Stage 2 – An exciting stage with huge sprint at the end. Mark Cavendish steams through to win. From my point of view, I tried to capture the peloton for the first time – what a fascinating beast that is? To see so many bodies and bikes weaving through the streets – the aerial shots are amazing. Aside from that, it was full tilt to the finish!

Here are some more drawings.