Monday, July 12, 2010

Tour de France: Stages 5 and 6

I originally intended to write separate posts for each stage ... but these two need to stay together. Stage 5 and 6 were like two bookends of a great comeback story. First we saw Mark Cavendish's tearful and emotional win in Stage 5, after so many had written him off; and then the next day we watched his jubilant stamp-of-approval win in Stage 6. The incredible Mark Cavendish joined those two days together in a thrilling tale of hard-won victory. That's the magic of the early days of the Tour de France.

The most dramatic moments of Stages 5 and 6 took place in the final kilometers of each day's race, as the lead-out trains sped toward the finish. It's those long lines of riders jockeying for the perfect position to launch their sprinters that is the subject of my abstract painting for today...

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