A Perfect Delivery
This painting earned the title of "Bridget's Favorite" for stage 17. Bridget is my wife of almost 35 years and it is her brilliance that got me to start painting my absolute favorite sport. I race as an amateur way back in the 70's and have continued to ride longer distance ever since. Having the opportunity to combine my two main passions of art making and cycling, is an unbelievable joy. Lampre Merida delivered their sprinter, Sacha Modolo, to the final 200 meters with perfection. While all of the other teams lost too many men on the sharp climb that crested with 4 kilometers to go, Lampre brought two men to lead out Modolo to the 2 kilometers of the flat approach to the finish. While Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) was denied the stage victory, his second place at the line combined with his best of the rest at the last intermediate sprint was enough points to take over the Maglia Russo of the points jersey. Luka Mezgec (Giant Alpecin) was left still searching for his first stage victory.