Tour de France 2020: Stage 10 – Over the bridge

The second bridge in Stage 10 saw another burst at the front from Stefan Küng and as the camera helicopter wheeled over the bridge, you could see him clearly, right out at the front. It was lovely to see the sea too…

Le Pont de Île de Ré, 13.6km, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Le Pont de Île de Ré, 13.6km

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 9 – Tadej Pogačar Wins!

The final image from Stage 9, shows the moment – or should I say, split second – when Tadej Pogačar took the win. Incredibly, Marc Hirschi is right behind him, having found energy in his legs to join the sprint for the line.

Tadej Pogačar was overjoyed understandably, while his great friend, Primož Roglič, rode into the Yellow Jersey at the same time. Hirschi’s supreme effort was rewarded with the Combatif award, as the most aggressive ride of the day. All three are a joy to watch …and to draw!

Tadej Pogačar wins! Watercolour, with pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Tadej Pogačar wins!

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 9 – Hunting Hirschi

This view taken from Stage 9, shows the quartet of super riders chasing Marc Hirschi down, just before the end of the stage. The four riders were Tadej Pogačar, (UAE), Egan Bernal, (Ineos Grenadiers), the 2019 champion, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren) – all intent on bringing Hirschi’s solo breakaway to a close. They caught him but the story doesn’t end there…

Hunting Hirschi, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Hunting Hirschi

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 9 – Marc Hirschi flies!

This second image for Stage 9 shows Marc Hirschi, demonstrating his astonishing descending skills. Hirschi is so exciting to watch – if you haven’t seen this yet, I urge you to look at a video from this stage – it is edge-of -your-seat viewing!

Marc Hirschi flies! watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Marc Hirschi flies!

I love these descents – I love to see the speed and enjoy the challenge to convey that speed in a picture. Here, the image was helped by a man at the side of the road waving his French flag on a long pole! This gave great impetus to the line, which I hope gets the feeling of movement across.

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 9 – Marc Hirschi

My Stage 9 images open with this portrait of Marc Hirschi, the star of the stage, who lit up the race with his outstanding skills, not least on the breathtaking descents…Here he is with just the team car in view behind him – the rest of the pack were way back!

Marc Hirschi, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Marc Hirschi

Have a good day today.. 🙂