Tour de France 2017: Elbow – Sold

Hello! There was one talking point from Stage 4. The end of the stage and the end of the race both for Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. I suspect the debate on the crash will last for a long time. Whatever your opinion, perhaps cycling fans can agree on one thing – that the race has lost two of its best and most exciting riders – and will be much the poorer for it. There are many photographs and videos of the incident, here’s my painting.

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Elbow – SOLD

For more on Stage 4… See Velovoices article

Copyright Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2016: Stage 14 – Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux

Bonjour! Stage 14 gave the sprinters another chance to shine after a long hot day’s riding. There were some classic Tour de France scenery, fields of bright sunflowers and deep blue skies. A great partnership between Jérémy Roy (FDJ) and Martin Elmiger (IAM) kept everyone on their toes and there was a lovely handshake between them as they were finally chased down.  The race ended with a burst to the line, Mark Cavendish tucking in neatly behind Marcel Kittel. He cheekily darted round a frustrated Kittel to take win No.4 – Amazing and brilliant as ever! Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2016: Stage 6 – Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban

Bonjour! Stage 6 saw the route leave the Massif Central and head down towards the Pyrenees. This was the last battle of the sprinters before the mountains and it turned out to be another classic battle between Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel. Before that, the course went through the most gorgeous terrain with the deepest of blue skies! Just astounding. At the final dash to the line, Cavendish took the win with no doubt this time, still chasing his place in Tour de France history as the winner of the most stages. This was number 29. He needs to beat 34 set by the legendary Eddy Merckx – not easy but not impossible either…  Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2016: Stage 3 – Granville to Angers

Bonjour! Stage 3 saw one of the longest routes on this year’s tour, heading inland through pretty towns and villages. The excitement came right at the end where the new holder of the Green Jersey, Mark Cavendish took his 28th stage win by a whisker from André Greipel – a photo had to decide it. Incredibly close!  Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2016: Stage 2 – Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Bonjour! So onto Stage 2, in the drizzle, with Mark Cavendish in the Yellow Jersey – simply wonderful for many fans to see. However, he was not destined to keep it, with the stage win and the jersey going to popular World Champion, Peter Sagan. The remarkable sprint to the finish, saw him come apparently from nowhere to cross the line. Special mention also to breakaway rider, Jasper Stuyven, who was caught by the peloton just 500m from the finish. Quite a day! Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2016: Stage 1 – Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Bonjour! How wonderful to be back with Le Tour! Where did the year go? After a grim week in the UK, it was fantastic to lose oneself on the beautiful shoreline of Normandy. The stage was full of thrills, including a dramatic fall for Contador; a nip and tuck breakaway for Alex Howes and Anthony Delaplace but the man who took us all by surprise was Mark Cavendish, who brilliantly took his 27th stage win and his first ever Yellow Jersey! Wow! What a start! Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2015: Stage 7 – Livarot to Fougères

Bonjour! Stage 7 saw another lovely sunny day, the route through the Normandy fields on into Brittany, was lined with fans all the way. Daniel Teklehaimanot was part of the leading group for a great part of the day and retained the Polka Dot jersey. For British fans, the joy came from seeing the huge smile on the face of Mark Cavendish after he charged past the sprinters to take his first TDF stage win for 2 years and No.26 in total. He’s after the all-time record for stage wins and this brought him a little closer! This was a great day’s racing. Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2015: Stage 2 – Utrecht to Zélande

Bonjour and Hallo!  The second stage of this year’s Tour continued through Holland following a course set to suit the sprinters. The only catch? The weather! The presence of windmills and turbines in the landscape gave testimony to the power of the wind which blew and blew throughout the stage. It was by turn, sunny, wet, misty and sunny again, yet, in spite of this, the route was lined with great numbers of people encouraging the riders. The race itself reached its climax with an incredible dash to the line by four of the best riders in the field, Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara and the immense Andre Greipel, who judged his timing perfectly to take the win, while Cancellara took the Yellow Jersey. Quite a day! Here are my drawings:

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