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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Original watercolour with pen and ink

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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: Stage 14 – Solo win! Bauke Mollema

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema

The stage was taken in fine solo style by popular and talented rider Bauke Mollema – the Dutchman broke away from the rest of the breakaway group with 42km to go and won his second Tour stage with over a minute clear, a lovely ride. Cavendish completed before the cut-off time which is all I needed to know!

Now, it’s time to divert back to Wembley for a special football match tomorrow…

My pens are a-quiver!

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – Poursuivants

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Poursuivants, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, Poursuivants

Here is the group again, from the back – and against the light (contre-jour), which I love! Just played with the light and colour here and let the paint do its thing! You can see how the electric pink of Higuita’s jersey ‘ran’ to the left – When watercolour decides to do this, there isn’t much to stop it but I rather liked the effect here…

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – The Higuita group

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, The Higuita Group, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, The Higuita Group

Another group which featured today included Sergio Higuita, Guillaume Martin, Patrick Konrad, Louis Meintjes, Bauke Mollema and Omar Fraile – A strong band of climbers.

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – The Musketeer

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, The Musketeer, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, The Musketeer

The first stage heading towards the Pyrenees – a tough four days ahead, no doubt. The pace is high, starting at the beginning with this man, Julian Alaphilippe – one of my favourites – He rides with great style and flair. Something of a swashbuckling approach, he’s never dull but rides most selflessly for his team when he needs to.

Definitely the approach of a musketeer!

Tour de France 2021: Stage 13 – No34 – Legend! Mark Cavendish

Tour de France 2021 - Stage13, No 34 - Legend! Mark Cavendish, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage13, No 34 – Legend! Mark Cavendish

This is a first response to Stage 13, which saw Mark Cavendish take his 34th stage win. It was not an easy victory – and very tight and technical all along – I have so many pictures I want to make from this stage, but football and the Pyrenees are calling, but this image is the first that I am pleased to publish – What a brilliant win!

Incredible – the best sprinter of all time!

Tour de France 2021: Stage 12 – Win! Nils Politt

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 12, Win! Nils Politt, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 12, Win! Nils Politt

With all the beautiful scenery and scent of lavender, it’s important to remember that there is a race on!

The stage was won by Nils Politt who took a solo victory, while Tadej Pogacar retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Politt broke away clear with 12km left on the 159.4km run to Nimes after being involved in a long-range 13-man breakaway. It was great compensation for his team Bora-Hansgrohe, who had seen the retirement of team-mate and three-time world champion Peter Sagan prior to the start, through injury.

Sad for the Tour to lose Peter, but Nils was a delighted man and lovely to see him on the podium.

Tour de France 2021: Stage 12 – Summer skies and the scent of lavender

Tour de France 2021 - Stage12, Summer skies and the scent of lavender, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage12, Summer skies and the scent of lavender

The last scenic painting for now but I really couldn’t resist this view – No mistaking where this is at all! We always think, traditionally, of sunflowers with the Tour de France – and of course, with good reason, but to suddenly see the lavender fields and this beautiful shot from the Tour camera of the peloton riding past these deep violet flowers was something I had to paint.

I can only imagine the scent as they rode past – possibly made everyone just a little drowsy – but must have calmed the nerves, if only for a few seconds?

Tour de France 2021: Stage 12 – A jagged overhang

Tour de France 2021 - Stage12, A jagged overhang, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage12, A jagged overhang

The route on Stage 12, passed through some remarkable landscapes – it may have been classed as a ‘flat’ stage but the road carved through some huge rock formations and tunnels – such as this one.

To see the peloton streaking through underneath was incredible – a long train running.

Tour de France 2021: Stage 12 – A beautiful day!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage12, A beautiful day! Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage12, A beautiful day!

After the drama of Mont Ventoux, Stage 12, seemed to be a day when the peloton took control and everyone slowed down a bit! Who could blame them?

Here is a gorgeous scene, typical Tour, with a lovely peloton, a beautiful day, a flag and a fan taking a photo – what more could we want? Perfection!