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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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!

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  • 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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TDF2022 - Fans at High Altitude - Detail

Tour de France 2022: Fans at High Altitude

Another panorama – I love this format! It really gives a sense of time and progression… and great for telling stories too. The Bayeux Tapestry is my favourite example and I believe, the best panorama you could imagine! I digress! This scene happened yesterday, I was watching Warren Barguil leading the Tour, when I noticed fans lining the mountain side, way up in the far distance. They seemed so high up, and yet clearly on the route waiting for the race to arrive and cheer on. It’s extraordinary, not only what the cyclists do but the fans as well. They love this race! So, I felt they were all kings and queens of the mountains. A timely flag finished the picture.

Wishing a Happy Bastille Day to our friends in France!

 TDF2022 - Stage 11 - Fans at High Altitude, a painting by Maxine Dodd
TDF2022 – Fans at High Altitude

It’s really shaping up to be quite a memorable Tour… 🙂

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Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 21 – The Arc

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – The Arc

Stage 21, Paris. The flag that flies suspended from the arch of the Arc du Triomphe, is a favourite element of the Paris stage, as is the monument at the top of the Champs Elysee itself. It’s great to see the peloton hurtling round this iconic landmark. It’s been a heck of a race this time, so much to take from it, as ever. The only sad sight to see this year for me, a final podium with two riders and two mannequins wearing the jerseys that Pogacar had won but couldn’t put on. Is that a worry? I hope not… I shall be back again next year to find out!

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Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Follow that man!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 17 – Follow that man!

Stage 18 – The last day in the Pyrenees and what a gruelling few days it’s been! Everyone pushed to the absolute limit – Here is a scene reflecting how hot it was and the descent – Jackets flying in the breeze – probably not the best aerodynamics but probably felt very good!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Follow that man!

Stage 18, Follow that man!

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Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Col du portet

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Col du Portet

Stage 17 was a complicated one with lots going on – especially at the end – and yes, I’m still working on those images!

Here though, is a little panorama that I quite liked which shows a lot of polka dots as the King of the Mountains, Wout Poels climbs the Col du Portet – a very, very tough day.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Col du Portet

Stage 17, Col du Portet

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Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Bastille Day

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Bastille Day

Stage 17 was a complicated one with lots going on – especially at the end – I’m still working on that! However, the stage also fell on Bastille Day and this image was lovely to make because two French riders from two French teams lead the race at least for a while.

The flag in the crowd was big, but I confess that artistic licence took over a bit here… One of my favourite paintings ever, is Delacroix’s ‘Liberty leading the people’ – and it has a great big flag which means so much to the French people, but to the wider world as a symbol of freedom in all forms.

Some days, just like the riders, you just have to go for it!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Bastille Day

Bastille Day

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