Tour de France 2014: Stage 7 – Épernay to Nancy

Bonjour! Stage 7 is one of the longest stages on this year’s Tour but passed through some lovely towns and villages by the great river Moselle. The weather was dry at last and for the most part, the stage passed uneventfully. Then came three dramatic crashes and a photo finish – never a dull moment! The stage was won in a hair’s breadth by Matteo Trentin.  Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 – Arras to Reims

Bonjour! Today’s stage continued through the landscapes of the First World War – somehow appropriate that there was more rain and mud. More riders retired following falls. Still, the fans came out to support with towns and villages decked out in yellow and polka dots. The yellow jersey remained with Vincenzo Nibali; and after another dash to the line, a first stage win this year for Andre Greipel. A good day’s racing! Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2014: Stage 5 – Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Bonjour! This was the stage that every fan of the Tour and every rider was dreading! Riding on the infamous cobbled pavés – torrential rain added even more danger to the cocktail. Sadly, the reigning champion’s race ended on the wet road, with two further falls. The rain hammered down all day and in marked contrast to the previous stages, the winner dragged himself over the line alone, covered in mud, but very happy. Congratulations to Lars Boom. What on earth will happen tomorrow?  Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2014: Stage 2 – York to Sheffield

Bonjour! The second stage of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart left the Dales for the Peak District from the ancient city of York to the steel city of Sheffield. There were more spills but fortunately not as catastrophic as yesterday’s crash. The route was greeted by more huge crowds, estimates of a million people following the race, simply astonishing. The stage was won by Vincnezo Nibali. Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate

Bonjour! – or should that be ‘Hello’?  The Tour de France’s Grand Depart took place in the in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. Pretty villages, grand towns and dramatic hills and fields. Yorkshire embraced the Tour as its own, turning the county yellow with bunting, painted bikes, sculptures and scarecrows. Riders were greeted by Royalty, Red Arrows, brass bands, a million or so people and the sun shone. The stage was won in a dash by Marcel Kittel after a dramatic accident involving Mark Cavendish. A ripping start to the Tour!  Here are my first drawings:

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Epsom, Derby Day

Hello! Good to be back after too long a break – Feeling a bit rusty but raring to go! Today saw rain and thunder turn to sunshine for the Derby at Epsom. One of the great classic races – a relief to be on the flat at last – saw victory for the favourite, Australia. A magnificent horse who fulfilled all expectations. Fantastic! Here a my drawings:

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Back to the bikes: Women’s Tour

Hello! I’m delighted to be drawing cycling for the first time this year. Even more delighted that it is the first Women’s Tour of Britain. My first drawings are from Stages 1 and 2 which were held in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire – not far from where I live, so a real thrill! Here are my drawings:

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The Ashes Down-Under: Day 4, The Gabba

G’Day! The fourth day of the First Test between Australia and England saw the last throes of the match conclude with the inevitable joyous victory for Australia and miserable defeat for the visitors. Wonderful bowling again by Johnson saw him take another 5 wickets to hold England to a score of 179 runs, thus negating the need for the 5th day. He deservedly took the title of, the man of the match. Ripper! Here are my drawings:

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The Ashes Down-Under: Day 3, The Gabba

G’Day! The third day of the First Test between Australia and England was bathed in gold and green, with delight for the home fans. In spite of a good start for the English bowlers, the Aussies batted on to a terrific score, declaring at 401 for 7. This left England’s batsmen with an almighty target of 561 runs to win. Not Pygmalion likely! Highlights were for captain Michael Clarke and opening bat, David Warner who both scored centuries Here are my drawings:

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The Ashes Down-Under: Day 2, The Gabba

G’Day! The second day of the First Test between Australia and England proved to be one that the English batsmen would prefer to consign to the dustbin, but it was a great return to form for the Australian bowlers. The afternoon session mirrored the success of the day before, this time seeing English wickets tumble like playing cards from the strong arms of Mitchell Johnson. Roll on to Day 3 very quickly indeed…..!!! Here are my drawings:

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Cricket, lovely cricket!

G’Day! The second round of battle for The Ashes commenced at The Gabba in Brisbane. Gorgeous sunshine – very much appreciated watching from UK in November – and the cricket wasn’t bad either! Hailed by local press as the villain of the piece (and that’s putting it politely!) Stuart Broad had a belting day’s work taking 5 wickets to put Australia in a spin. The thing about test cricket though, is that you can’t really see how the match will go until both sides have completed their first innings, so Day 2 will be important. Exciting stuff – Can’t wait until tomorrow! Here are my drawings:

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La Vuelta 2013: Stage 21 – Leganés to Madrid

Hola! Stage 21 of La Vuelta comes to the Capital and home! The last stage unusually flat, and saw a great sprint around the streets of Madrid. Chris Horner was confirmed as overall winner, the oldest man to complete the Vuelta and the oldest man to win a Grand Tour. He’ll probably tire of hearing these statistics very quickly! A very happy Michael Matthews, took the stage win. Fans of cycling were delighted to have witnessed an amazing three weeks of racing.  Here are my drawings:

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