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Studio projects Saturday July 30 2016 12:06 pm

July 25 / Stage 21 / The podium at the end of the Tunnel

Clearly, a good year for our favorite overall cyclist in today’s cycling world. Chris Froome of Team Sky won his 3rd Tour de France by 04′05″, providing some very exciting stages. His major competitors simply hung on his wheel until they ran out of time to reduce his advantage. Peter Sagan of Tinkoff, a favorite sprinter (hard to root against Mark Cavendish as he closes in on the most Tour stage wins ever, winning 4 this year) won his 4th Green Jersey in as many years. He finished in the top 4 on 9 different stages and also won the jersey for Super-Combative. Rafael Majka also of Tinkoff, our favorite King of the Mountains winner from last year won again this year. Adam Yates of Orica-Bike Exchange won the best young cyclist jersey and he was exciting to watch. Clearly, his time on the podium is coming soon. Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale, a Frenchman was 2nd in the Tour. We like good things happening for the French at the Tour de France. Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team, after 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes, came in 3rd. Coming in close must suck 3 years in a row. But then it is all better than coming in 4th and not being on the podium. Movistar won the team title.

Often Froome would challenge when clearly the best strategy would likely be to wait for someone else to challenge. His oddly strained-looking cycling style seems to never let on to anyone what he has left in his legs.

We thought we would show our favorite 3 final stage posters. Over the first 2 years we tended to provide the overall Tour information without much visual strategy to them. Then some interesting people got involved and things grew monumentally. Keep in mind, when we got up to do that last stage, we had been putting in 22 consecutive 17 hour days without any break of any kind. We were beat. We were beat. We were beat. We needed someone to help show us there was a light at the end of the stage.

There is a gentleman’s agreement to not challenge the leader after the next to last stage for the Yellow Jersey. Everything else is up for grabs.

André Greipel of Lotto Soudal, a strong sprinter over the past couple of years, had come up dry in the win category this year. You could see the pain on his face at the end of each sprint stage. But in the end he won the big one on the Champs-Élysées.

Click on any image to see the original story of that poster.
From there can link to a larger image of the poster.

Collaborators were Ann Lemon and Amos Burkhart.

Collaborators were Rachel Strickland and Kayla Romberger.

Collaborators were Ann Lemon and Amos Burkhart.

Wow. Even doing this without printing any posters was some work. Fun work.

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