Tour de France 2020: Stage 2 – Alaphilippe, a winning tribute

This final image from Stage 2 shows Julian Alaphilippe, who took the stage win in blistering form, closely followed by Marc Hirschi, the young Swiss rider. The moment I chose was a view from the back, as they crossed the line, Alaphilippe’s finger raised high, backlit by the sun. He is a rider full of talent and promise – one who is always exciting to watch. This was a fantastic start to his Tour campaign.

A tribute win for Alaphilippe, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
A tribute win for Alaphilippe

At the finish, Alaphilippe broke down and disclosed at the press interview that his win was dedicated to his father, whom he lost in June. This is an image filled with emotion and a hugely emotional moment for the young man. A wonderful tribute from son to father.

Have a good day 🙂

Tour de France 2019: Stage 13 – Pau to Pau

Bonjour!  Stage 13 was the individual time trial in Pau. The course was bumpy rather than hilly, the serious climbs will come next, so this was a chance for everyone to strut their stuff before the going gets really hard.  Julian Alaphilippe began the day in yellow, a colour he is enjoying and becoming accustomed to wearing. The contest for him, and arguably, everyone else was against Geraint Thomas, who was expected to win this stage. With other riders such as Uran, De Gendt and Wout van Aert also in the frame, there was great anticipation.

The sad part of the day was a heavy fall for van Aert, who almost completed a phenomenal ride. De Gendt took the lead afterwards until, Geraint Thomas stormed round. He held first place for 14.67 seconds when the Musketeer in Yellow ripped up the hill to take the win. It was an astonishing ride by Alaphalippe, he is a joy to watch.

For me, the challenge is capturing an individual time-trial in a way that doesn’t look static. The single figure can look solitary, which doesn’t happen when a team races together. This time, I experimented with drawing different views on the same page as the rider progressed around the course. The results are quite abstract, which I rather like, but not sure if it tells the story of their run particularly well. It’s a bit different anyway. See what you think…

Here are my pictures… click on an image to see it full size.

 

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All images copyright Maxine Dodd.

For in-depth race analysis, delivered with fun and wit, I highly recommend ‘Velovoices’ but don’t forget to come back to ‘Racing Lines’ for the pictures!

Have a great day! 🙂

 

Tour de France 2019: Stage 9 – Saint-Étienne to Brioude

Bonjour!  On Bastille Day – Even more special because a French rider was wearing the Yellow Jersey. The race continued through the hills and rolling countryside on what proved to be a quieter stage than yesterday. Julian Alaphilippe defended his precious shirt and enjoyed the day. He greeted Yohan Offredo current holder of the Lantern Rouge with a fist pump on the way. There was a fourteen-man breakaway, which pretty much dominated the stage, while the peloton seemed to pause for breath enjoying the hills and descents. At the close, it was great to see the win taken by Daryl Impey from South Africa – a first for him. A perfect end to a perfect day…

Here are my pictures… click on an image to see it full size.

 

Click on an image to see in full – Medium and measurements are listed below. Click here if you wish to enquire further

All images copyright Maxine Dodd.

For in-depth race analysis, delivered with fun and wit, I highly recommend ‘Velovoices’ but don’t forget to come back to ‘Racing Lines’ for the pictures!

Have a great day! 🙂

 

Tour de France 2019: Stage 8 – Mâcon to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour!  Well after the longest route yesterday, Stage 8 could be called the hilliest – at least before the mountain stages. Travelling through the countryside of the Massif Central, this stage gave a hint at the contenders for the polka dot jersey – Thomas de Gendt taking the lead this time in a phenomenal ride. Meanwhile, two of my favourite riders, Alaphilippe and Pinot crossed the line together bringing them into the top three in the General Classification, all set for Bastille Day – another great day!

Here are my pictures… click on an image to see it full size.

 

Click on an image to see in full – Medium and measurements are listed below. Click here if you wish to enquire further

All images copyright Maxine Dodd.

For in-depth race analysis, delivered with fun and wit, I highly recommend ‘Velovoices’ but don’t forget to come back to ‘Racing Lines’ for the pictures!

Have a great day! 🙂

 

Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 – Binche to Épernay

Bonjour!  The Tour comes back to France! In the beautiful Champagne region – chalky soils and sunny countryside, no wonder the wine fizzes here! The Tour also fizzed again today – with a brilliant ride from Julian Alaphilippe. He is a flamboyant rider – such style and daring. He wears a moustache like a Musketeer and one would imagine rides like one – if we were ever to see a Musketeer on a bike!  However you see it, this man is a breath of fresh air to the sport – he is full of daring and fun. A fab day’s racing with the promise of what’s to come…

Here are my pictures from Stage 3… click on an image to see it full size.

 

Click on an image to see in full – Medium and measurements are listed below. Click here if you wish to enquire further

All images copyright Maxine Dodd.

For in-depth race analysis, delivered with fun and wit, I highly recommend ‘Velovoices’ but don’t forget to come back to ‘Racing Lines’ for the pictures!

Have a great day! 🙂

 

Tour de France 2018: Julian Alaphilippe – Study in blue, black and yellow

Bonjour! Breaking with the routine a bit – This piece is inspired by the French rider Julian Alaphilippe who put in a storming performance on Stage 10. Left everyone behind! This image is mixed media – combining watercolour, ink with pen, brush and twig – as well as a little gouache.  It’s drying at the moment, so see what you think….

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Julian Alaphilippe, Study in blue, black and yellow 

 

Tour de France 2016: Stage 16 – Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne

Bonjour! Stage 16 was a trip into Switzerland in honour of Fabian Cancellara for whom this will be his final Tour. The weather was fabulous and hot – perhaps a bit unbearable on a bike!  The stage was lead most of the way by Tony Martin and Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) in a such a strong ride that they both won the ‘most aggressive rider’ award, appearing together on the podium in a unique ‘first’. They couldn’t sustain their amazing performance for the sprint at the end – the big sprinters taking over, Alexander Kristoff losing out by a whisker to the immense Peter Sagan. Here are my drawings:

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