Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – Gasp to the line!

The climax to Stage 15 was the nearest you’ll see to a bunch sprint from climbers and was a remarkable finish to the day. The pace was set by Wout Van Aert, and drew a group dash, lead by Primož Roglič currently in Yellow and his great friend and compatriot, Tadej Pogačar. They flew to the line, amazing in itself, given the climb they had just made and this time Pogačar took the win, gasping – sensational!

Gasp to the line! Tadej Pogacar, watercolour, pen and ink
Gasp to the line! Tadej Pogacar

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – a consoling gesture

This image from Stage 15, shows the moment when Nairo Quintana of Arkéa-Samsi, gave his friend Egan Bernal, the current champion, a consoling tap on the back as he rode alongside him and his team mates from Ineos Grenadiers. Bernal was struggling, which was painful to see. The Grand Colombier proved to be too much for both of them, as Quintana too, fell out of the overall standings later on. A tough day.

Flags out on the Grand Colombier, Stage 15

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – Flags out on the Grand Colombier

This next image from Stage 15, shows another view of the fans at the start of the climb to the Grand Colombier, standing on a road that was ridiculously steep and greeting the two riders who were together at this point, Pierre Rolland of B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Michael Gogl of NTT Pro Cycling.

Flags out on the Grand Colombier, Stage 15, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Flags out on the Grand Colombier, Stage 15

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 15 – Grand Colombier

This opening image from Stage 15, is a little panorama of the crowds and lead group on the Grand Colombier, the final climb in this gruelling stage. There were so many flags – all nationalities – It’s wonderful to see everyone together, willing these riders on – Fantastic!

Grand Colombier, Stage 15, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Grand Colombier, Stage 15

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 14 – Søren Kragh Andersen – Full gas!

This image from Stage 14, shows Søren Kragh Andersen dashing to the winning line with the sun behind him. Appropriate in a way, as Andersen rides for Team Sunweb – and their performance today was brilliant.

Søren Kragh Andersen - Full gas!
Søren Kragh Andersen – Full gas!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 14 – Not Today…

This second image from Stage 14, follows the last, in that it shows the outcome of the attack by Bora–Hansgrohe on Deceuninck–Quick-Step. The pressure was too much and the image shows Green Jersey rider, Sam Bennett thanking his team mate for valiant efforts, but resigned to the fact that it was not going to be their day…

Not today... Watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Not today…

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 14 – Bora plan their attack!

After the extraordinary climbing of yesterday, Stage 14 shifted emphasis back to the sprinters and the battle for the Green Jersey. The route went from Claremont Ferrand and headed to Lyons, where the first ever stage finish took place and was won by Maurice Garin back in 1903.

This first image shows the point where Bora–Hansgrohe took on the attack, putting pressure on Deceuninck–Quick-Step.

Bora ready to attack! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Bora ready to attack!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 13 – FIrst over the line!

This image from Stage 13 shows Daniel Martínez and Lennard Kämna battling to the summit and winning line on the Puy Mary. It was one of the most awful ascents I have ever seen. It looked so steep! Martínez took the win, but they are all heroes after that, as far as I am concerned! Martínez is talented and this victory for him, may well be the first of many.

Martinez over the line!
Martinez over the line!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 13 – Festive Flags!

This image from Stage 13 was made as the leading trio of Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) and the two Bora-Hansgrohe men Max Schachmann and Lennard Kämna  were making their way towards the steep slopes of the Puy Mary in the Massif Central. This scene shows them passing by a house that was decked in flags – a lovely welcome seen everywhere as the Tour passes by.

Festive flags! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Festive Flags!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 13 – Incredible stretch!

Stage 13 was another gruelling day for the riders. I am fascinated by the measures riders take to deal with cramps or indeed avoid them, while riding for such long distances. This rider suddenly took a stretch over to the right, that made his legs look as though they were made of elastic!

A stretch that looked almost balletic! 🙂

incredible stretch, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Incredible stretch!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 12 – Hirschi takes the top!

In terms of the race in Stage 12, it was dominated by a second great performance from Marc Hirschi, who repeated his phenomenal effort from a few days ago – up at the front, climbing the mountains and descending beautifully – This time though, he crossed the line first – Fantastic! 🙂

Hirschi takes the top of the climb, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Hirschi takes the top of the climb

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 12 – Tribute to Pou-Pou

This next image from Stage 12 shows the race passing through the home town of the great favourite Raymond Poulidor, known as Pou-Pou, who sadly died in 2019. He was so close to winning the great race but never managed it, but he won the race to French hearts and was greatly loved by fans there. Merci Pou-Pou…

Tribute to Pou-Pou, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Tribute to Pou-Pou

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