Tour de France 2020: 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!

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

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Tour de France 2020: 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!

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

Please note, this picture is sold and no longer available…

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 Journey 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!

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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

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 10 – Over the bridge

The second bridge in Stage 10 saw another burst at the front from Stefan Küng and as the camera helicopter wheeled over the bridge, you could see him clearly, right out at the front. It was lovely to see the sea too…

Le Pont de Île de Ré, 13.6km, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Le Pont de Île de Ré, 13.6km

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 9 – Tadej Pogačar Wins!

The final image from Stage 9, shows the moment – or should I say, split second – when Tadej Pogačar took the win. Incredibly, Marc Hirschi is right behind him, having found energy in his legs to join the sprint for the line.

Tadej Pogačar was overjoyed understandably, while his great friend, Primož Roglič, rode into the Yellow Jersey at the same time. Hirschi’s supreme effort was rewarded with the Combatif award, as the most aggressive ride of the day. All three are a joy to watch …and to draw!

Tadej Pogačar wins! Watercolour, with pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Tadej Pogačar wins!

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