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 – 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

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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

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Start line reflections – Pinot! Pinot!

The next few images, I have called ‘Start line reflections’, initially because I am fascinated by the reflections in the helmet screens that riders wear. The thought then dawned on me that the wait for the rider before setting off may also be a time of reflection? I expect mostly they are thinking about the job in hand, but are there a few seconds when their thoughts turn elsewhere? I wonder…

The first image is the great French hero Thibaut Pinot waiting for the countdown. I wonder if he could hear the fans chanting his name, ‘Pinot! Pinot!’? He is such a popular rider, and along with so many great French stars, bears the weight of the whole country desperate for a win. Any fan of the England football team knows exactly how the French fans feel – it would be fantastic for a win soon – it’s a long time coming!

 Start line reflections: Pinot! Pinot! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Start line reflections: Pinot! Pinot!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 – Masks – or not!

Stage 20 was the only time-trial of this year’s race, but with a fantastic course finishing on La Planche des Belles Filles – one of the most iconic settings, which has become a firm favourite with fans since the Tour first visited in 2012.

The first image shows Rémi Cavagna (DQS) making the climb past a huge numbers of fans – most of whom were wearing masks, but some taking them off or were without all together in order to cheer on their heroes.

Masks - or not! Watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Masks – or not!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 19 – The Meeting of the shirts

I really enjoy making pictures of the four Jerseys and usually the best time to do this is before the start or during the rollout. Stage 19 had some great views of the four of them waiting and chatting before the day’s work began.

So here they are, the four best riders in each class at this point of the race, from left to right, Richard Carapaz, (Ineos Grenadiers), King of the Mountains, Primož Roglič, (Jumbo Visma), Yellow Jersey, Tadej Pogačar, (UAE), Best Young Rider, Sam Bennett, Deceuninck–Quick-Step, Best Sprinter. I think they are all fantastic, but I am biased!

Meeting of the shirts, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Meeting of the shirts

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 19 – Søren Kragh Andersen flying to victory…

Søren Kragh Andersen, took off with around 22km left, in the most remarkable descent. Again, it was another great tactical manoeuvre by his team Sunweb, and he sustained this breakaway at breathtaking speed, which was both alarming and exhilarating to watch. His move was rewarded with another stage win, as no one else could catch him. Incredible!

Søren Kragh Anderson flying to victory! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Søren Kragh Anderson flying to victory!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 19 – Watching Le Tour

The course of Stage 19 passed through the loveliest countryside – and judging by the land art, a great dairy producer – These ladies were enjoying the sunshine until their interest was piqued by a sudden noise made by a strange, colourful creature with lots of legs – it whirred too. Some of the ladies felt that they’d seen one before, but couldn’t quite remember when…

Watching Le Tour, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Watching Le Tour

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Amigos

The story of Stage 18 will be long remembered because of its finish, with the Ineos Grenadiers’ Stage win for Michal Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz. They crossed the line together and it was a lovely moment of great generosity.

Amigos, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Amigos

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