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!
Pictureinfo: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper
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!