Tour de France 2021: Here it comes!

Hello and bonjour! The last day before the start of the 108th Tour de France, and to post of some of my favourite images over the years inspired by this great race.

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Stage 11, Leaving Albertville

I am amazed to admit that this will be the tenth time I have made drawings and paintings of the Tour, my first being in 2012. It was a turning point for my art (and my life) in many ways, so this will be a special race from a personal perspective too. The start of an anniversary year, in fact, so I am very excited to say the least.

The race itself promises, as ever, to be a diverse and colourful course, this year starting in Brittany, which will be lovely to see. Other highlights for me include a return to Albertville, Nîmes and Carcassonne along with a nice detour through Andorra, which will bring back memories of skiing holidays we enjoyed years ago.

Stage 15 – Carcassonne, pink rooftops and green trees

From the the point of view of the race itself, there’s a lot to look forward to. Personally, I shall have everything crossed for Mark Cavendish, one the most exciting riders for me, but also one with his unfair share of bad luck lately. He is so passionate about this race and so close to Merckx’ record, it would be phenomenal to see him succeed.

Cavendish – Head down for No.28,

Cavendish will ride alongside Julian Alaphilippe, another rider who is a joy to watch. I just love them both and I confess, Deceuninck–Quick-Step, will be a team I shall be keen to see do well.

A tribute win for Alaphilippe

La Course, the partner women’s race will take place tomorrow, following a similar route tothe men’s Stage 1 route, but the really significant news for women’s cycling is that Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme made a long-awaited confirmation that Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will launch a women’s Tour de France in 2022. Finally!!! I can’t wait to draw it! A wonderful way to round off my anniversary year.

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Lizzie takes the win! La Course 2020

So, not long to go… let’s hope for good weather, good riding, no controversies, definitely no COVID, and plenty of scenes of France itself, for many of us, it will be our only way to visit this year. Wishing the teams and the Tour, the very best! Scroll down to see some pictures to whet your appetite!

Allez! Allez!

Amigos
Stage 19 – Heartbreaking
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Incredible stretch!
Cycling art, Tour de France, Watercolour painting Les Gorges du Tarn, Stage 14 by Maxine Dodd
Les Gorges du Tarn, Stage 14
Cycling, south of France, Mediterranean sea
Peloton comes over the hill to a field of sunflowers,
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All the red flags!
The coast road, by Maxine Dodd
Flags and caravans
Cycling art, Tour de France, Watercolour painting Chaos on the mountains, Allez! Stage 19, by Maxine Dodd
Chaos on the mountains, Allez!
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Bora attack!
Hirschi takes the top of the climb

Next, the rain! It’s lovely to draw, not so great to ride…

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The last climb!
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Stage 17- Feel the rain!
Torrential rain!
Poor visibility
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Start line reflections-Richie Porte
Start line reflections: Primož Roglič
The meeting of the shirts
Watching Le Tour
Beautiful blue skies and bunting!
Greipel wins!
All yellow for Chris!
Unstoppable Wout!
Kämna wins! Watercolour pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Brilliant Barguil!
Chris Froome sets out
Stage 20 – Nibali crosses the line!
A quick look back, Alexy Lutsenko
Second for Sagan; First for Van Avermaet
Descending like a skier, Sagan, Stage 16
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FDJ, 19.1km
Stage 21, Paris – On the Champs!

Tour de France 2020: Stage 21 – Bennett takes Paris!

Stage 21, Bennett takes Paris! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Bennett takes Paris!

Stage 21 was extraordinary – culminating in a wonderful sprint finish, with all the best points riders pushing to the limit to take the win. There was one rider who showed his class, the man in Green, Sam Bennett, who positively roared over the finish line – in fact, he kept on roaring, such was his joy! It was a special win for a special rider on this most special of Tours – We knew that this would be an historic Tour de France because of the pandemic, but 2020’s Tour de France will go down in history for its remarkable course, it’s remarkable conclusion – and for its major prizes being won by two phenomenal young riders – for me, the best reasons to remember this race. Vive Le Tour!

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Stage 21, Bennett takes Paris! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Bennett takes Paris!

Bennett takes Paris!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 21 – Paris On the Champs!

Stage 21, Paris - On the Champs! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Paris – On the Champs!

The race truly begins on Stage 21, when the riders reach the Champs-Élysées, the beautiful avenue that runs up to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous roads in the world. It is the race for the sprinters, but to see that long peloton disappearing into the distance is incredible. Usually packed with fans at the roadside, it was eerily quiet this year, no Norwegian corner and people dotted around, as they should be. However, those there were treated to the fly past by the Patrouille de France, streaming the colours of the nation behind them as the race began in earnest below. Still magic, still the Champs-Élysées!

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Stage 21, Paris - On the Champs! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Paris – On the Champs!

Paris – On the Champs!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 21 – Bonjour Paris!

Here is the third image from Stage 21 – a little picture which shows Rigoberto Uran, throwing his arms into the air as he and his team-mates, passed by the glass Pyramids before crossing the courtyard of the Louvre. He threw his arms into the air, as though greeting a much-loved and much-missed friend.

I can only imagine how the riders feel on that last day – exhilaration? exhaustion? I hope a massive sense of achievement – they’ve made it!

Stage 21, Rigoberto Uran, 'Bonjour Paris'! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Rigoberto Uran, ‘Bonjour Paris’!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 21 – Paris -A glimpse of Our Lady

The second image from Stage 21, was a lovely sight – Notre Dame, on her way to full restoration after the devastating fire – It was great to see her, if only for a glimpse as the peloton passed by…

Stage 21 - Paris, A glimpse of Our Lady, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21 – Paris, A glimpse of Our Lady

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 21 – Paris -Golden Day – Sold

Here is Tadej Pogačar and his UAE team mates riding into Paris on the most gorgeous Autumn afternoon, everywhere bathed in low sunshine… magical!

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Stage 21, Paris - Golden Day, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Paris – Golden Day – SOLD

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Tadej Pogačar wins the Tour de France!

Here is Tadej Pogačar throwing his bike to the line to win the stage and the whole race itself! There were only two men on the day’s podium, Sam Bennett as the final holder of the Green Jersey and three appearances by this super-talented young man. He is the stage winner, the King of the Mountains, the best Young rider – and the champion of the Tour de France – Wow!

Tadej Pogačar wins the Tour de France! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Tadej Pogačar wins the Tour de France!
Aintree - Grand National, The Start - SOLD, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Aintree – Grand National, The Start – SOLD

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Seeing Double

This view is a split screen view of the two men battling for the stage and the Tour de France itself..two friends and compatriots, but both having completely different experiences on this day. Roglic just was not himself – he looked wrong on the bike, pale in the face and even his helmet was askew – so different from the sophisticated talent we have seen day after day on this Tour – Pogacar meanwhile was smooth, strong and very fast – zooming up the notorious climb with great skill and style.

Seeing double, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Seeing double…

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Wout Van Aert gains 28 Seconds

The time-trial champion, Wout Van Aert, put in a great round on this TT – crossing the line here with a 28 second lead on the rest…He left nothing and gave it his all – Great ride!

Wout Van Aert - 28 seconds, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Wout Van Aert – 28 seconds

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Start line reflections – Primož Roglič

The final reflection is Primož Roglič, in Yellow, waiting to start the last round before Paris – Primož Roglič is the current holder of the Red Jersey for La Vuelta a Espana and now poised to add the Tour de France to his career highs – just this one supreme effort to complete the work put in so far…

Start line reflections: Primož Roglič, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Start line reflections: Primož Roglič

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Start line reflections – Tadej Pogačar

Here is Tadej Pogačar ready to start the last round before Paris – he is wearing the White Jersey as best young rider – at 21, one of the youngest – and he has been outstanding throughout this Tour, alongside his friend and compatriot,Primož Roglič. At this point in the race, he would have to do something incredible to take Yellow and the top spot in Paris…

Start line reflections: Tadej Pogačar, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Start line reflections: Tadej Pogačar

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Start line reflections – Richie Porte

Another much-loved rider, Tasmanian star, Richie Porte, who, like Pinot, has more than his fair share of extreme events on this race over the years. This year, Richie has been fantastic yet again, and finally in position for a place on the podium, if all goes well on this run. I wonder though, in these moments of reflection before starting out, if his thoughts turned to his precious new baby, who was born while her daddy was riding this great race….No better motivation or inspiration.

Start line reflections-Richie Porte, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Start line reflections-Richie Porte

Have a good day today.. 🙂