Tour de France 2016: Stage 8 – Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Bonjour! Stage 8 took place in the heart of the Pyrenees with four Cols to conquer! The Col du Tourmalet fell victim to Thibaut Pinot and Rafael Majka but thereafter, Team Sky launched their predatory attack on the race. They caught, they passed and then in a move, that looked to be inspired by Stephen Cummings yesterday, Chris Froome powered away in the most extraordinary descent. He was amazing, his long arms and legs made him look as though he was on someone else’s bike! Quite simply, he was brilliant, taking the stage win and with it the Yellow Jersey. Familiar territory for him, can he hold on to it until Paris? It’s a long way to go! Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2016: Stage 7 – L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle

Bonjour! Stage 7 was dramatic! This stage was the first of three mountain stages in the Pyrenees and included the Tour favourite, Col d’Aspin at the end of a long day of climbing. The weather and scenery were glorious but the story of the race was glorious too – for Stephen Cummings, who astounded fans with his first stage win last year, (click here to see) took the race by the scruff of the neck and led a one-man breakaway with 25km to go. Champion rider, Vincenzo Nibali gave chase but there were 45 seconds between them at one point. It was Steve’s day and no-one could catch him!  Here are my drawings:

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Tour de France 2015: Stage 14 – Rodez to Mende

Bonjour! Stage 14 passed through some of the most stunning scenery so far on this Tour – the stars of the stage being, arguably, Les Gorges du Tarn. Back down to earth with the bike race and Team Sky held their place, but the wonderful surprise came from a British rider, Stephen Cummings, who took the stage win for his team MTN-Qhubeka – the perfect celebration for Nelson Mandela day!  Here are my drawings:

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