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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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Fast and furious!

The real story of Stage 18, came from Ineos Grenadiers, who suffered great disappointment and sadness over Egan Bernal. The reigning champion was in such a bad state, that the team decided to withdraw him from the race, fearing further injury should he continue. Michal Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz formed a phenomenal break that lasted to the finish. They set a fantastic pace, reminding us that this team remains a forceful presence in the race.

Fast and furious! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Fast and furious!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Gravel!

Another feature of the route today, was a section noted for its gravel roads, never easy for riders and their teams for fears of punctures or falls, but very dramatic for the viewers and photographers, with the potential of smokey looking images, full of atmosphere. This is my attempt, which shows the Yellow and Polka Dot jerseys passing through the gravel, no doubt with more than a mouthful of dust in their lungs afterwards…

Gravel! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Gravel!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Bonjour Obelix!

There are many fans who not only come out to cheer on and witness the spectacle of the Tour, but also provide a bit of entertainment themselves. Here is a prime example, a huge Obelix, at the side of the road, in hid fetching blue and white trousers!

Bonjour Obelix! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Bonjour Obelix!

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