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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011
S T A G E   1 2 :
          Cugnaux - Luz-Ardiden / 211 km

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Tour de Lead Graffiti Stage 12

Available as an individual print
or in the clamshell box edition

In 4 sort of words:
1 HC HC, finally

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Size: 14.75" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Runs: 5 - light grey with handrolled colored edges, light grey (handrolled with blind deboss), red, blue (handrolled), underlining (handrolled), & grey

Main typography: Clarendon Outline, Clarendon (wood); Euro (metal)

Production notes: handset wood & metal type. The stage / signature block was preprinted using photopolymer plates.

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Completed: 8:20 pm, July 14, 2011

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, & Bill Roberts

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Description: Ah, the Pyrenées. A long, pretty tough category 1 mountain to warm up on and then two hors catégorie (means 'out of category').

A couple of rather strange crashes happened early on when breaks would lock up and cyclists would go skidding through the cars lining the road (our two red arrows). One included the Yellow Jersey. Seemed like everyone survived it OK except, I suspect, for the adreneline rush that would ramp up on every hairpin curve after that.

The first HC was Col du Tourmalet which has that nice 'tour' in the middle of it. High. We thought a bit of blind debossing would work nicely (though not on a scan) with some handrolling on the bottom of the type to help put the peak into the clouds.

Click here to see other posters focused on mountains.

It was Bastille Day and we were rooting for any Frenchman that took a shot at winning the stage. We decided to add a few Bastille fireworks to our visual crashes and to highlight the date that is printed with the signature block. Visiting contributor Bill Roberts gets credit for the fireworks idea. Bill brought a nice bottle of French wine to celebrate Bastille Day. After the bottle was emptied we discussed overtaking the Newark, Delaware jail and releasing all of its political prisoners. After the wine wore off we decided against it.

In the end it was Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel - Euskadi who was first over the finish line in a great struggle that had Frank Schleck of Team Leopard-Trek fast closing the gap and coming in 3rd. Our favorite Andy Schleck, also of Leopard-Trek came in 6th. The two brothers made for some interesting fireworks in the closing kilometers of a tough mountain stage.

We wanted to play with the type and noticed that the four important cyclists to us all had Cs in their names so we substituted their place in the stage for the letters. Nice that Schleck has two. A little color hightlight for the Yellow Jersey and two highlights for Bastille Day and we were done.

Thomas Voeckler in 1st place - 00'00"
Frank Schleck in 2nd place - 01'49"
Cadel Evans in 3rd place - 02'06"
Andy Schleck in 4th place - 02'17"
Alberto Contador in 7th place - 04'00"

Thomas Voeckler will wear the Yellow Jersey on Stage 13 with a collective time of 51h 54'44".

Our effort to this point is 189h 40'28" with the total number of runs standing at 71.