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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012
S T A G E  7 :
          Tomblaine > La Planche des Belles Filles / 199 km

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Stage 7 / Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012

Available as an individual print
or in the clamshell box edition

In 5 words:
  Tour de France wall climbing

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Start time today: 5:17 am - we had to go back and rescan some of the earlier prints and get them ready for online so we started a bit earlier today.

Completed: 9:36 pm

Time today: 16 hours : 19 minutes

Time to date: 123 hours : 50 minutes

Runs: 5 (sequence: blue, red, handrolled yellow, green, grayish yellow)

Runs to date: 41 / check out the composite print at this point

370 > 800 pixel wide enlargement

The day's story

Description: This was the first day in the mountains and it was a wonderful choice for seeing who was up for the challenge and who was willing to test their limits.

The stage was a few middle-sized mountains and then came the final 6 kilometers. Just a bit of editing issue: in the poster we state that the incline was 9.4 km and it was 6 km and the 20% incline is just the last several hundred meters right up to the finish line although a good bit of it was 14% which is a serious slope.

Anyway, riders were scattered all the way down the mountain. Sky Procycling (the team with overall contender Bradley Wiggins and sprinter Mark Cavendish) was leading the charge and they set a brutal pace. As soon as they hit the steepest incline, Cadel Evans (last year's Tour winner) took off, clearly to show that he intended to take it all the way. Bradley Wiggins, Vincenzo Nibali, and Christopher Froome (on Wiggins' team) jumped right in behind him. Near the top of the grade (characterized by the tv announcers as a slope that was difficult to walk up), Froome took a shot for the finish line and no one could catch him. He gets the win and that "ZOOM" callout for the effort.

It is always exciting to see someone win their first stage. Froome had spent the entire day working to get Bradley Wiggins across the finish line first and in the end got it himself. Absolutely thrilling.

On an earlier poster we accidently let two pieces of 6 point leading fall over under one of our TWO "G"s (which isn't good when one of the two favorites to win has two Gs in his name (in 2011 it was a lack of Cs that were causing us problems). When we ran our Vandercook Universal III over the copperplate we absolutely crushed it. Ray sawed off the copperplate and reglued it to the back of another piece of wood type and trimmed it down to 'sort of' the right height. We got it in the ballpark, but just could not get the center to print evenly. So, we talked for a moment about how to do something different to it that no one would notice. The colors we used are pretty much the team colors except for Wiggins who, after today, would be wearing the Yellow Jersey, so we used that instead of blue. By handrolling we could get the ink down in the low points and at the same time make a statement.

Evans was the first of the major contenders to draw blood on the climb today. The young guy should have done that. Clearly Cadel Evans has no intention of giving up the Tour victory without a serious figh so Wiggins is tenatively wearing the Yellow Jersey. That idea worked for us.

The angle of all of the type is exactly 20% and seriously, you should try that on your bike.

This is starting to look like another fun Tour de France to watch.

General classification leaders & favorites

Yellow Jersey / Bradley Wiggins: 34h 21' 20''

     Cadel Evans: + 00' 10''

     Vincenzo Nibali: + 00' 16''

Total distance covered: 1417.5 km

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols

Size: 14.75" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: 12 line Agency Gothic Outline, 12 line Stymie Bold Condensed, and Euro Bold

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

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Three of today's photos