Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – David Gaudu

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – David Gaudu

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) working so hard to keep the distance – a brilliant descender and very exciting to watch..

I applied oil pastel here to add highlights and emphasis – Lovely gooey material with all the quality of oil.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – David Gaudu

David Gaudu

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Original watercolour, with pen and ink and oil pastel

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Colbrelli pursues

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Cobrelli pursues

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) in pursuit of David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) flying down a treachorous wet road – Colbrelli edged out Michael Matthews in the sprint but still not quite enough to catch Mark Cavendish for Green – yet. Cavendish survives these mountain stages – but Colbrelli is a good climber and sprinter – as is Matthews, so it remains to be seen how things will pan out over the next two days.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Cobrelli pursues

Colbrelli pursues!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Pyrenees Mist

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Pyrenees mist

Possibly a more honest title would be Pyrenees deluge – it was very wet in the mountains yesterday. It was a long stage, with many facets to the racing – I chose to have a more experimental day artistically – by introducing oil pastel here and there over the dry watercolour for highlights – in others, applying the oil pastel first and using watercolour over the top as a resist. This one uses the pastel after the watercolour and pen have dried.

I am still working on some of them but this one conveyed how I imagined the conditions must have felt – it was unseasonably cold and wet – Hopefully, conditions will be better for them today.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Pyrenees mist

Pyrenees mist

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 – Flying down!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 15 -Flying down!

Some wonderful descending on show in this stage, as well as gruelling climbing at other times… Here is some wonderful descending by a trio which included Guillaume Martin his Cofidis colleague, Rubén Fernández and Mattia Cattaneo of Deceuninck Quick Step – Martin gave it everything but slipped to ninth place on the GC after starting the day in second place – these stages are cruel!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 -Flying down!

Flying down!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 – Heading for Andorra

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 – Big peloton heading for Andorra

Lovely to make the posts and images from the Pyrenees and this one the way to Andorra, a favourite place – we used to go to ski in the winter, but not for a while – probably the knees wouldn’t be up to much these days, but such a great landscape – another classic Tour view – fab

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 – Big peloton heading for Andorra

Big peloton heading for Andorra

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Tour de France 2021: Here it comes!

Hello and bonjour! The last day before the start of the 108th Tour de France, and to post of some of my favourite images over the years inspired by this great race.

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Stage 11, Leaving Albertville

I am amazed to admit that this will be the tenth time I have made drawings and paintings of the Tour, my first being in 2012. It was a turning point for my art (and my life) in many ways, so this will be a special race from a personal perspective too. The start of an anniversary year, in fact, so I am very excited to say the least.

The race itself promises, as ever, to be a diverse and colourful course, this year starting in Brittany, which will be lovely to see. Other highlights for me include a return to Albertville, Nîmes and Carcassonne along with a nice detour through Andorra, which will bring back memories of skiing holidays we enjoyed years ago.

Stage 15 – Carcassonne, pink rooftops and green trees

From the the point of view of the race itself, there’s a lot to look forward to. Personally, I shall have everything crossed for Mark Cavendish, one the most exciting riders for me, but also one with his unfair share of bad luck lately. He is so passionate about this race and so close to Merckx’ record, it would be phenomenal to see him succeed.

Cavendish – Head down for No.28,

Cavendish will ride alongside Julian Alaphilippe, another rider who is a joy to watch. I just love them both and I confess, Deceuninck–Quick-Step, will be a team I shall be keen to see do well.

A tribute win for Alaphilippe

La Course, the partner women’s race will take place tomorrow, following a similar route tothe men’s Stage 1 route, but the really significant news for women’s cycling is that Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme made a long-awaited confirmation that Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will launch a women’s Tour de France in 2022. Finally!!! I can’t wait to draw it! A wonderful way to round off my anniversary year.

Tour de France, Cycling, art, Sunny peloton, by Maxine Dodd
Lizzie takes the win! La Course 2020

So, not long to go… let’s hope for good weather, good riding, no controversies, definitely no COVID, and plenty of scenes of France itself, for many of us, it will be our only way to visit this year. Wishing the teams and the Tour, the very best! Scroll down to see some pictures to whet your appetite!

Allez! Allez!

Amigos
Stage 19 – Heartbreaking
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Incredible stretch!
Cycling art, Tour de France, Watercolour painting Les Gorges du Tarn, Stage 14 by Maxine Dodd
Les Gorges du Tarn, Stage 14
Cycling, south of France, Mediterranean sea
Peloton comes over the hill to a field of sunflowers,
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All the red flags!
The coast road, by Maxine Dodd
Flags and caravans
Cycling art, Tour de France, Watercolour painting Chaos on the mountains, Allez! Stage 19, by Maxine Dodd
Chaos on the mountains, Allez!
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Bora attack!
Hirschi takes the top of the climb

Next, the rain! It’s lovely to draw, not so great to ride…

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The last climb!
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Stage 17- Feel the rain!
Torrential rain!
Poor visibility
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Start line reflections-Richie Porte
Start line reflections: Primož Roglič
The meeting of the shirts
Watching Le Tour
Beautiful blue skies and bunting!
Greipel wins!
All yellow for Chris!
Unstoppable Wout!
Kämna wins! Watercolour pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Brilliant Barguil!
Chris Froome sets out
Stage 20 – Nibali crosses the line!
A quick look back, Alexy Lutsenko
Second for Sagan; First for Van Avermaet
Descending like a skier, Sagan, Stage 16
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FDJ, 19.1km
Stage 21, Paris – On the Champs!