Cycling art, Tour de France 2012, Chris Froome, keeps Bradley going

Tour de France 2012 -2022: Ten Years

Ten years ago, Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France; the first British cyclist to do so. He was part of a team then called Sky now Ineos Grenadiers. I drew the race for the first time in 2012 and began a blog as each day unfolded. It was an amazing story then and it still is.

Ten years on, British riders have continued to light up the Tour, with no less than five wins alone between Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, also part of that extraordinary team. Along with 34 stage wins for Mark Cavendish who was part of Sky in 2012, the profile of British cycling, especially in the Tour de France, has grown and developed to a remarkable level since 2012.

Other members of that team are still there, while others may move on, the presence of British cyclists throughout the race stems, I believe, from inspiration from this first achievement of Team Sky. Among the extraordinary crop of new talented riders, there is a remarkable contingent of riders from that team, still competing and still near the top of the standings. It’s quite a remarkable testament to the 2012 generation; they are exceptional athletes. If you look at the post carousel, you’ll see the names of riders of different nationalities, who are still competing in this year’s race.

I acknowledge that this team and even Bradley himself divide opinion, but personally, I have taken huge inspiration from them and their steadfast presence these past ten years. They have won seven out of the last ten Tours. I am a fan of their inspirational performances, which in turn, inspired me and set me on my path, which is a joy.

Thanks for the memories!

Tour de France 2022 - The King of Cool, Tom Pidcock

Tour de France 2022: The King of Cool

Stage 11 was a defining stage, Stage 12 ripped up the race completely! This came in the form of Tom Pidcock, who lit up the race with a breathtaking descent on the Col du Galibier. With 10km left, Tom took off like a rocket and held his lead not only to take his first TDF stage win, but on the Alpe d’Huez no less. What a way to start your Tour de France career? So cool!

This is my first image from the Stage 12 but there are more to follow, as the wonderful stories and images from this and yesterday’s stages will live long in the memory, but I had to start with this phenomenal young rider. He’s a cycling gem!

Tour de France 2022 - The King of Cool, Tom Pidcock
Tour de France 2022 – The King of Cool

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Mixed media original – watercolour, pen and ink

Size: Standard Portrait 17cm x 25cm

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Tour de France 2022 - Barguil et Bardet

Tour de France 2022: Barguil et Bardet

Stage 11 was a defining stage for many reasons, not least that the Yellow Jersey changed hands and possibly decided the winner of the race itself, but you can never tell! However, it was also a great stage because we saw some wonderful performances from other riders too. Young stars and older guys who I have followed in paint and pen for some years – not least two French stars, Warren Barguil and Romain Bardet. They have always been a joy to watch – Bardet is magnificent on the descents, Barguil great on the climbs (rather a silly observation given that in order to descend, one must first climb – I think that they’re all brilliant climbers!) Anyway, the men both took their turns at showing just how good they are yesterday, firstly Warren Barguil attacking the breakaway on the Col du Galibier…

TDF2022 - Barguil attacks the breakaway!
TDF2022 – Barguil attacks the breakaway!

Secondly, a superb attack by Romain Bardet, who ended the day in second place on the General Classification. A result that must bring joy to many French fans’ hearts. Come on! Allez allez! 🙂

TDF2022 - Bardet breaksaway
TDF2022 – Bardet breaksaway

Here are a few more images of these two from over the years – I do love these two!

  • cycling, Tour de France, art, barguil, Bastille Day
  • Cycling art, Tour de France, watercolour pen and ink painting, Bardet goes for it, by Maxine Dodd
  • Cycling art, Tour de France, Watercolour painting Bardet climbs Lacets de Montvernier, Stage 18, by Maxine Dodd
  • Tour de France, cycling, art, Maxine Dodd
  • Barguil checks behind! by Maxine Dodd

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Mixed media originals – watercolour, pen and ink

Size: Square 20cm x 20cm

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