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.

Stage 1 – Liège to Seraing

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Stage 1 – the real start to the race – I still feel like I’m playing catch up but working my way through! Here are some more drawings.

The Prologue – Liège to Liège

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Great start to this year’s Tour. I decided to try and draw each stage.

Working like a person possessed with several sketchbooks at once. I felt as though I missed everything.

Still, here are the first few drawings … my prologue!

Bonjour!

Welcome to my new blog, which follows this year’s Tour de France in quick sketches… very quick!  Each day, I make drawings from the broadcast of the Tour in sketchbooks. I use ink pen to make the drawing and add watercolour washes later. I’m making this blog  to help me to learn how to blog (currently it’s harder than making the drawings and they’re bad enough – Those cyclists keep moving!) Perhaps I’ll crack it by 22nd July!