Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Moving Tribute at the Giro

The riders, team leaders, and race organizers created a beautiful tribute to Wouter Weylandt on Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia.

In this atmospheric watercolor I painted, depicting the last few miles of Stage 4, the line of Weylandt's eight Leopard-Trek teammates lead the peloton to the stage finish, joined by Tyler Farrar -- a good friend of Weylandt's on the Garmin-Cervelo Team, whom the Leopard-Trek riders thoughtfully invited to ride with them.

Not only did the riders choose to neutralize Stage 4 in honor of Wouter Weylandt (which means they just rode together as a pack without racing), but they organized themselves with a very touching choreography. Each of the teams spent a few minutes at the front of the peloton, ending with Weylandt's team, Leopard-Trek.

The smooth progression through the beautiful Italian Riviera, the poignant hand-written signs and applause from the Italian cycling fans lining the side of the road, and even the sensitive commentary by the Universal Sports announcers all made for a very moving tribute, full of camaraderie. Only in cycling could this occur.

It was a very sad day, but so full of heart.


  1. As you say..'only in cycling could this occur'...
    nice painting by the way.!


  2. I'm catching up on your blog. So interesting about the Hingham ship yard. I loved the painting you made of the memorial ride, better than any photograph.

  3. This is a beautiful painting that makes me feel the mood you describe acutely. I don't keep up with racing and did not know who Weylandt was before the tragic accident, but nonetheless I find the painting meaningful. Thank you for creating it.