Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011
S T A G E 1 5 :
Limoux - Montpellier / 192.5 km
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In 3 words:
Missle. Again. Merckx?
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Size: 14.75" x 22.5"
Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm
Runs: 5 - handrolled camoflage in 4 colors, Dish It blue (handrolled also with purple), purple, yellow, & grey
Main typography: Clarendon Outline, Clarendon, and some big numbers (wood)
Production notes: handset wood & metal type. The stage / signature block was preprinted using photopolymer plates.
Press: Vandercook Universal III
Completed: 10:10 pm, July 17, 2011
Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Beth Horwitz, & Mike Roth
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Description: We talked about redoing Stage 7, recycling some of our "Waiting for the sprint." Flat. Probably Cavendish. All true right to the end.
But then it sunk in. You see some records that you can never imagine being broken. Lance Armstrong was an amazing cyclist that won lots of individual stages (22) and the Tour 7 consecutive times. But Eddie Merckx won 34 stages. No one is going to get close.
But, today we might be seeing someone that can get past it. We've done a number of posters with Mark Cavendish of HTC - Highroad as the winner so far. This one gives him 19 in only 6 Tours. There are a bunch of people that could beat him on the right day, but those days just don't seem to be coming up very often. This makes 4 he has won this year and he might not be done.
If he can win 4 a year for 4 more years that would give him 35 and the all time record. If we never do another Tour de Lead Graffiti poster after this year, we may want to do that one.
The design comes from the lead out with the HTC - Highroad gang. There are typically 4 or 5 riders in a straight line with Cavendish at the back. He is kind of hidden in the pack, even wearing the Green Jersey. Everyone wants to be on his wheel to try and slingshot around him. It is clear that is hard to do.
Guest contributor, Beth, emailed us a few days ago all excited that there was a letterpress printer in Newark. We said, "Want to put in a long Sunday?" She said, "Yes." There you have it. Throw it out there and sometimes it gets caught.
The current standings are unchanged from the previous stage.
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 - 02'15"
Alberto Contador in 7th place - 04'00"
Thomas Voeckler will once again wear the Yellow Jersey on Stage 16 with a collective time of 65h 24'34". Ahhh, the Alps loom in the distance.
Our effort to this point is 237h 05'28" with the total number of runs standing at 87.