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Studio projects Tuesday July 18 2017 12:11 pm

Stage 16 / “High Five for Voeckler” / 2012

I would love to have a hundred people with a strong design sensibility choose their favorite posters from our Tour de Lead Graffiti project. I can surely pick my favorites, but there is a lot of political, historical, geographic, visual luggage to drag along. It is really difficult to just ignore the lightning bolt that came out of the sky and demanded to “be the poster.” This is surely one of those.

It was a brutal stage of the tour. Thomas Voeckler had been a hero of ours from the previous year when he got into the Yellow Jersey. Each day the commentators would say “This is the day so-and-so takes over the Yellow Jersey.” For 10 days that didn’t happen. They say that when you are wearing the leader’s jersey you “grow wings.”

So on this brutal day with 2 category 1 and 2 out-of-category climbs, we hunkered down in front of our TV. Climb 1. Voeckler was first over it. Climb 2. Voeckler was first over it. Nah. Can’t happen. Climb 3. Voeckler was first over it. Nah. Can’t happen. Climb 4. Voeckler was first over it. Nah. Can’t win the stage. Finish line. Voeckler was first over it. This will forever be one of a couple of Tour stages that has carved out a huge place in my memory.

Another thing that was cool about it was that he got into the lead for the King of the Mountains Jersey (polka dot).

And still another thing cool about it was that we only had 2 Vs, so we had to do that red run 3 times to get his name on there 5 times.

And one more thing. If you look closely at the Vs, you can see that a mouse had nibbled away at the edge.

Click here to read the whole story of the broadside below of this broadside.

The tally for the TdLG years so far.

2011 - 45 points
2012 - 27
2013 - 32
2014 - 9
2015 - 16

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