La Vuelta a España -2018: Stage 1 – Kwiatowski riding past the people – study

Hola! Here's my last sketch study from the time trial on Stage 1, this time showing Team Sky's Michal Kwiatowski approaching the line at great speed to take the lead. His team mate Dylan van Baarle had held set a great time early on, but Kwiatowski put in a tremendous time, looking as though he … Continue reading La Vuelta a España -2018: Stage 1 – Kwiatowski riding past the people – study

La Vuelta a España -2018: Stage 1 – Campanaerts holds nothing back – study

Hola! Here's another study from the time trial on Stage 1, this one an experiment with water soluble pastels on black paper, which gives a great contrast for the colour. The rider is Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) who charged to the line with what looked like a combination of determination and brute force to achieve his place on … Continue reading La Vuelta a España -2018: Stage 1 – Campanaerts holds nothing back – study

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 17, Ortigueira to A Coruña

Hola! After the rest day, the last part of La Vuelta a Espana moves into Galicia where the crosswinds and high-kick roads continue to characterise this great race. Today's course began on the coast and then turned inland working through towns and villages. The breakaway was led by Daniel Teklehaimanot of MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team to … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 17, Ortigueira to A Coruña

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 14, Santander to La Camperona. Valle de Sabero

Hola! Up to the top of Spain and the wonderful landscapes of the Picos - but very tough climbing for the riders! Again, they amaze with their tenacity. From a British fan's perspective this was a great day for Team Sky, who have gradually made their way up the standings. Chris Froome pulled out all … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 14, Santander to La Camperona. Valle de Sabero

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 12 and 13, Logroño and Belorado to Obregón

Hola! Still playing catch up so I've combined highlights from Stage 12 and Stage 13, with your forgiveness! Stage 12 was a sprinters' stage, riding long circuits of the terracotta city of Logroño, which was won by John Degenkolb, whereas Stage 13 set out into the hills again riding through beautiful green fields that reminded me of Yorkshire in … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 12 and 13, Logroño and Belorado to Obregón

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 11, Pamplona to Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar

Hola! So good to be back after some unforeseen interruptions and technical hitches I've had the past few days. The peloton definitely left me behind, you might say! Stage 11 took a searing course through the Navarro mountains. Hot and steep, the riders hauled their way to the top. Sadly, there was another crash for Quintana … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 11, Pamplona to Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 10, Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja

Hola! Stage 10 saw an elaborate start to the second time trial, weaving through the terracotta walls of the monastery. From there, the course travelled through the province of Zaragossa to Borja in sunshine. Quintana began his first day in red well but suffered a dreadful crash on a bend. He recovered well enough to complete but … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 10, Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 9, Carboneras de Guadazaón to Aramón Valdelinares

Hola! Stage 9 was a climbing stage through the hills of Aragon. The surprise was the transformation in the weather - the rain poured! Team Sky began well but Lampre Merida's Winner Anacona led from the front and took the win, but a great battle behind for the red jersey. Contador was close but Quintana took that … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 9, Carboneras de Guadazaón to Aramón Valdelinares

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 8, Baeza to Albacete

Hola! Stage 8 was the longest stage so far and left Andalucia for La Mancha. Long, straight roads through rolling plains meant crosswinds and speedier teams were ready to take advantage. Sky performed really well all day but the sprint to the finish saw a great battle with Nacer Bouhanni pounding through to victory! Here are my … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 8, Baeza to Albacete

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 5, Priego de Córdoba to Ronda

Hola! Stage 5 was a slower stage for the most part, travelling a meandering course inland to Ronda. All looked hot but relaxed and the stage progressed without incident until a sudden change of wind brought about a break from team Tinkoff Saxo. Then it all kicked off with a phenomenal sprint finish and a second win for John … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 5, Priego de Córdoba to Ronda

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 4, Mairena del Alcor to Córdoba

Hola! Stage 4 saw the course continue inland, starting flat but with two climbs. The weather was ridiculously hot again, calling into question the safety of the event by some riders. In spite of this, the cyclists performed brilliantly with astonishingly fast descents that took my breath away! A burst to the finish saw the win … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 4, Mairena del Alcor to Córdoba

La Vuelta 2014: Stage 2, Algeciras to San Fernando

Hola! Stage 2 was a stage for the sprinters, being mostly flat.The course travelled across the extreme south of the country, passing through industrial zones and salt flats. It was hot and windy. There was a crazed dash for the line with a fantastic win for French FDJ team rider Nacer Bouhanni, one of cycling's exciting new … Continue reading La Vuelta 2014: Stage 2, Algeciras to San Fernando