Tour de France 2019: Stage 9 – Saint-Étienne to Brioude

Bonjour!  On Bastille Day – Even more special because a French rider was wearing the Yellow Jersey. The race continued through the hills and rolling countryside on what proved to be a quieter stage than yesterday. Julian Alaphilippe defended his precious shirt and enjoyed the day. He greeted Yohan Offredo current holder of the Lantern Rouge with a fist pump on the way. There was a fourteen-man breakaway, which pretty much dominated the stage, while the peloton seemed to pause for breath enjoying the hills and descents. At the close, it was great to see the win taken by Daryl Impey from South Africa – a first for him. A perfect end to a perfect day…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 8 – Mâcon to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour!  Well after the longest route yesterday, Stage 8 could be called the hilliest – at least before the mountain stages. Travelling through the countryside of the Massif Central, this stage gave a hint at the contenders for the polka dot jersey – Thomas de Gendt taking the lead this time in a phenomenal ride. Meanwhile, two of my favourite riders, Alaphilippe and Pinot crossed the line together bringing them into the top three in the General Classification, all set for Bastille Day – another great day!

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 7 – Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône

Bonjour!  Stage 7 saw the longest route in this year’s race, a quieter stage than yesterday’s, giving us all time to recover a bit. The Breakaway double-act of Stephane Rossetto and Yoann Offredo stayed in the front for 218 km, eventually giving way to the sprinters. The win went to Dylan Groenewegen, but by a hair’s breadth – and it was breathtaking! Great riding once again. The Yellow Jersey remained with Giulio Ciccone, proving that the winner of this year’s race is completely unpredictable; the only certainty at this point, is the man in Green, Peter Sagan, who added precious points to his tally.

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 6 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Bonjour!  Now this stage really took me back – I loved this one and this dramatic climb to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles is very special. This year, the riders cycle past the usual finish by a further kilometre which was paved especially because of the extreme gradient – as if it wasn’t hard enough already? Oh the legs!!!  

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 5 – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar

Bonjour!  This was another lovely day’s racing through the Vosges mountains and the course was hilly enough to whet the appetite of climbing fans. There were plenty out to see the riders pass by – seemed to be a fair number of Brits today which was good to see. The story of the stage in a way, was a terrific win for Peter Sagan. Who was so delighted that he revived his ‘Incredible Hulk’ celebration from 2012 – one of the first times I drew him, not to mention my first year of drawing the Tour, full-stop. Takes you back doesn’t it? 

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 4 – Reims to Nancy

Bonjour!  Stage 4 saw the Tour move through a relatively flat but pretty landscape crossing the Moselle valley. Harvest seems to be in full swing here, with ochre fields full of wheat. The race saw a great breakaway with Michael Schär (CCC), Frederik Backaert and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) taking the stage on at the beginning. Schär went on to win the Combative ride of the stage, which was well-deserved. The final sprint was a very close one – the cameras were on Sagan but it was Elio Viviani, helped by the Yellow Jersey to position him right on the edge to storm past the rest to achieve his first Tour de France stage win. Great stuff!

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 – Binche to Épernay

Bonjour!  The Tour comes back to France! In the beautiful Champagne region – chalky soils and sunny countryside, no wonder the wine fizzes here! The Tour also fizzed again today – with a brilliant ride from Julian Alaphilippe. He is a flamboyant rider – such style and daring. He wears a moustache like a Musketeer and one would imagine rides like one – if we were ever to see a Musketeer on a bike!  However you see it, this man is a breath of fresh air to the sport – he is full of daring and fun. A fab day’s racing with the promise of what’s to come…

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 2 – Bruxelles Palais Royal to Brussel Atomium

Hello!  The second stage was a team time-trial around Brussels, which showed off all the teams to the crowds. The bar was set high from the outset, Team Ineos put in a beautiful, fast circuit. Such is their attention to detail, they organised their team numbers to run from 1 through to 8 as they descednded the podium at the start. The local police marshalling the crowds were so smart, almost seemed to stand to attention as they rode by, hence the title of my picture. All the teams processed and put in good laps but Ineos looked to have it in the bag, until the last team came out, Jumbo Visma, striking in their yellow and black skin suits but also with the Yellow Jersey, Mike Teunissen on a high from yesterday. They rode a phenomenal lap and pipped Ineos to the post. They were ecstatic!  Another great day for the Tour and a great one for Dutch cycling.

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 1 – Brussels to Brussels

Bonjour!  I have found the first week of this year’s Tour incredible, with exciting racing, twists and turns of fortune, the Yellow Jersey moving from one back to another. It’s been a great event so far. I am able now to post my pictures from each stage – even though I will be in the Lantern Rouge slot – I don’t mind – I have enjoyed the race as a fan which has been great.

This year’s Tour de France paid homage to Eddie Merckx by holding the first two stages in Belgium – Brussels to be precise.  Merckx took his first Tour stage win 50 years ago and then went on to achieve legendary status, still being the only cyclist to achieve eleven Grand Tours, all five Monuments and three World Championships to his name. No wonder his nickname is ‘The Cannibal’, he ate up ALL the glory!

This first stage traversed the city and 176 riders took part. Mike Teunissen deftly charged for the line in the wake of a crash involving Dylan Groenewegen, in a photo finish with Peter Sagan.  His was the first Yellow Jersey for a Dutch rider in 30 years, so it was a thrilling ride for him.

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Tour de France 2019 – Excited!

Bonjour! It’s July, it’s Tour time! Three weeks of absorbing racing through some of the finest scenery you’ll ever see.

Tour de France, cycling art,Flat out to the finish! by Maxine Dodd, watercolour, pen and ink
Flat out to the finish!

There will be crowds and flags and great spectacle along the way.

The last climb
Grand depart
Filth, flags and paves

The race begins in Brussels to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first win of Eddie Merckx, one of cycling’s greatest racers. It also marks one hundred years since the first award of arguably the most famous sporting trophies, the Yellow Jersey.

Tour de France, cycling, art, Chatting Champs! by Maxine Docc
Chatting Champs!

It was first won by Eugene Christophe in 1919, who will wear it and eventually win it this year? It will be a great adventure finding out!

Sprint!