Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Wout

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Wout

Stage 18 – and a view, (finally!) of Wout Van Aert, who is such an accomplished cyclist – he can do anything – with his sights also set on the Olympics soon, but he seems to be able to do anything, from climbing to sprinting and of course, time trialling, this multi-talented Belgian rider is a joy to watch!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Wout

Stage 18, Wout

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Original watercolour, with pen and ink
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Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Follow that man!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 17 – Follow that man!

Stage 18 – The last day in the Pyrenees and what a gruelling few days it’s been! Everyone pushed to the absolute limit – Here is a scene reflecting how hot it was and the descent – Jackets flying in the breeze – probably not the best aerodynamics but probably felt very good!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Follow that man!

Stage 18, Follow that man!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Col du portet

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Col du Portet

Stage 17 was a complicated one with lots going on – especially at the end – and yes, I’m still working on those images!

Here though, is a little panorama that I quite liked which shows a lot of polka dots as the King of the Mountains, Wout Poels climbs the Col du Portet – a very, very tough day.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Col du Portet

Stage 17, Col du Portet

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Bastille Day

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Bastille Day

Stage 17 was a complicated one with lots going on – especially at the end – I’m still working on that! However, the stage also fell on Bastille Day and this image was lovely to make because two French riders from two French teams lead the race at least for a while.

The flag in the crowd was big, but I confess that artistic licence took over a bit here… One of my favourite paintings ever, is Delacroix’s ‘Liberty leading the people’ – and it has a great big flag which means so much to the French people, but to the wider world as a symbol of freedom in all forms.

Some days, just like the riders, you just have to go for it!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Bastille Day

Bastille Day

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – David Gaudu

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – David Gaudu

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) working so hard to keep the distance – a brilliant descender and very exciting to watch..

I applied oil pastel here to add highlights and emphasis – Lovely gooey material with all the quality of oil.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – David Gaudu

David Gaudu

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Colbrelli pursues

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Cobrelli pursues

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) in pursuit of David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) flying down a treachorous wet road – Colbrelli edged out Michael Matthews in the sprint but still not quite enough to catch Mark Cavendish for Green – yet. Cavendish survives these mountain stages – but Colbrelli is a good climber and sprinter – as is Matthews, so it remains to be seen how things will pan out over the next two days.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Cobrelli pursues

Colbrelli pursues!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Pyrenees Mist

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Pyrenees mist

Possibly a more honest title would be Pyrenees deluge – it was very wet in the mountains yesterday. It was a long stage, with many facets to the racing – I chose to have a more experimental day artistically – by introducing oil pastel here and there over the dry watercolour for highlights – in others, applying the oil pastel first and using watercolour over the top as a resist. This one uses the pastel after the watercolour and pen have dried.

I am still working on some of them but this one conveyed how I imagined the conditions must have felt – it was unseasonably cold and wet – Hopefully, conditions will be better for them today.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Pyrenees mist

Pyrenees mist

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 – Flying down!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 15 -Flying down!

Some wonderful descending on show in this stage, as well as gruelling climbing at other times… Here is some wonderful descending by a trio which included Guillaume Martin his Cofidis colleague, Rubén Fernández and Mattia Cattaneo of Deceuninck Quick Step – Martin gave it everything but slipped to ninth place on the GC after starting the day in second place – these stages are cruel!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 -Flying down!

Flying down!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 – Heading for Andorra

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 – Big peloton heading for Andorra

Lovely to make the posts and images from the Pyrenees and this one the way to Andorra, a favourite place – we used to go to ski in the winter, but not for a while – probably the knees wouldn’t be up to much these days, but such a great landscape – another classic Tour view – fab

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 – Big peloton heading for Andorra

Big peloton heading for Andorra

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – Solo win! Bauke Mollema

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema

The stage was taken in fine solo style by popular and talented rider Bauke Mollema – the Dutchman broke away from the rest of the breakaway group with 42km to go and won his second Tour stage with over a minute clear, a lovely ride. Cavendish completed before the cut-off time which is all I needed to know!

Now, it’s time to divert back to Wembley for a special football match tomorrow…

My pens are a-quiver!

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – Poursuivants

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Poursuivants, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, Poursuivants

Here is the group again, from the back – and against the light (contre-jour), which I love! Just played with the light and colour here and let the paint do its thing! You can see how the electric pink of Higuita’s jersey ‘ran’ to the left – When watercolour decides to do this, there isn’t much to stop it but I rather liked the effect here…

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – The Higuita group

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, The Higuita Group, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, The Higuita Group

Another group which featured today included Sergio Higuita, Guillaume Martin, Patrick Konrad, Louis Meintjes, Bauke Mollema and Omar Fraile – A strong band of climbers.