Tour de France 2022: Take it to the bridge

Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2022 is a 202km flat road stage from Roskilde to Nyborg. It finished with an 18km crossing of the Great Belt Bridge – an extraordinary construction over the sea.

I loved this scene of the peloton crossing the bridge – the normally huge convoy looked almost small on this vast sea road. I have lingered over this one – but it was a compelling scene.

Tour de France 2022 - Take it to the bridge
Tour de France 2022 – Take it to the bridge

Lovers of soul music might just hear James Brown in the title… Have a wonderful Friday 🙂

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Tour de France 2022: Wet, wet, wet!

Stage 1 was very, very wet! Really quite hazardous at times, with nerve wracking wobbles for some and a fall or two for others. The speed other riders achieved later in the day as the road dried was quite astonishing.

I wanted to share something of my process today as the beauty of an individual time trial, for me, is that you can really see the technique of each rider and their position on the bike.

I began with line drawings on larger paper, just one after the other while the riders made their way round. Not worrying about who was who really, just getting the attitude and position on the bike where I could. These scribbly, fast studies get my hand to move a bit faster!

The next step is colour, again, practising at this point, nothing finished really and one rider merges with another, so you get a bit of Roglic, with a bit of Bardet or whoever, it’s about movement and flow really. These began with watercolour with pen and ink but I worked over them with pastel to bring the colour out. There’s pastel dust all over the place now, so I need to sweep up before Stage 2!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 5, Pogačar waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2022: Wonderful, wonderful!

The great race starts in Copenhagen – and the song is in my head! I am so looking forward to seeing the Tour start in Denmark – I have family connections, my grandfather being Danish born. The first stage is an individual time-trial, so here are a few images from TTs I’ve made in the past. Tadej Pogačar features here – and seems to be favourite again. Time will tell. The only thing you can predict surely, is that this race is undpredictable! Allez allez!

Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw

Euros 2021: Good luck!

England in the final against Italy at Wembley – what an outstanding achievement – Fingers, toes and anything else crossed! You’ve come such a long way… nearly there!

What a journey!

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Leaping header for Harry!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Leaping header for Harry!
Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Shaw's pass to Harry!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Shaw’s pass to Harry!
Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Onto Maguire!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Onto Maguire!


Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw
Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw
Euros 2020 England v Scotland - Flowers of Scotland
Euros 2020 England v Scotland – Flowers of Scotland
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford
Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Kane goal No1!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Kane goal No1!
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!
Euros 2020 - Sterling puts England 1-0 up!
Euros 2020 – Sterling puts England 1-0 up!
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Sterling GOAL!
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Kane that header!
Euros 2021 - England v Germany, Grealish Pass, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Grealish Pass
Euros 2021 - England v Germany Sterling Strike!, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – England v Germany Sterling Strike!
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar! Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar!
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Euros 2021: Semi-final: The Penalty

The match progressed, with great persistence from both sides, but the commentators kept saying that a goal would come, the pressure was coming from England… all the things that wind me up horribly! Curse of the commentator and all that.

So full time comes and extra time commences, just adding to the torment … I am praying that it doesn’t go to penalties, and then a penalty is awarded!

Kieran Trippier can’t look, which was a surprise, but he wasn’t alone! Leicester City fans know the abilities of the Danish goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel who is very likely to save it.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1

Bless him, Kasper gets there, no less than I expected, but on the rebound, Harry blasts it home – Kasper reacts immediately – and is actually there – but the shot is too strong to resist.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2

Wembley erupts! The Lions roar!

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar! Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar!

England 2-1 up and with a place in the final on Sunday – today! I can’t believe it!

Immense and outstanding, from both teams, who played their hearts out.

Wow!

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Euros 2021: Semi-final: ENGLAND v Denmark – Saka to Sterling

England in the semifinals were a goal down, but how would they respond? The wonderful thing this England team didn’t do, was panic or lose concentration.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!

Quite the opposite – Bukayo Saka, the nineteen year old, showed the coolest head and when the chance presented itself to him, struck a lovely cross to my England favourite, Raheem Sterling, but sadly for Denmark, captain Simon Kjaer was put under immense pressure and forced the ball into his own net to provide England with a vital equaliser before halftime.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Dansgaard Strike, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Euros 2021: Semi-final: ENGLAND v Denmark – Damsgaard Strike

England in the semifinals was an amazing feat, could they go a step further? The next series of posts show that the answer to that was a resounding ‘Yes!’

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Dansgaard Strike, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Damsgaard Strike

Denmark opened the scoring with a huge strike from a free kick by Mikkel Damsgaard, an absolute beautiful shot that flew into the goal, putting Denmark ahead in emphatic style.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Euros 2021: Semi-final: ENGLAND v Denmark – Phenomenal Pickford

England in the semifinals was an amazing feat, could they go a step further? The next series of posts show that the answer to that was a resounding ‘Yes!’

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford

Back from Rome to Wembley, with great opponents, Denmark had played with huge strength of character following the traumatic start to their campaign. Sixteen minutes in, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford leapt into the air with John Stones to push a great shot on goal away to safety. Playing a vital part of the team’s performance, Pickford was assertive and strong.