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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012
S T A G E   1 5 :
          Samatan > Pau / 158.5 km

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Stage 15 / Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012

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In 5 words:
  Pre-rest day rest day.

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Start time today: 6:01 am

Completed: 6:55 pm

Time today: 12 hours : 54 minutes

Time to date: 259 hours : 29 minutes

Runs: 4 (sequence: French flag blue, French flag red, bright sun yellow, and a redish peach we got from just throwing some red on top of the yellow that was already on the rollers [we were beat])

Runs to date: 83

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The day's story

Description: The peloton just did not want to race today. A breakaway succeeded in the French winning its 4th stage of this Tour which is nice. The sprinters didn't seem to care. Everyone was saving up for two very, very serious stages that occur in the last five stages.

Strangely, we were completely beat today. Not just in being tired from these day-after-day efforts, but just plain drained. Not especially that feeling you get at the end of a long day, but we had it at 9 in the morning. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a new day.

So, about the best way we can describe the stage was that they were practicing for the rest day that occurs tomorrow.

Frenchman Pierrick Fédrigo of FDJ-BigMat, won the stage in a sprint with a long time favorite of Lead Graffiti's, Christian Vande Velde of Garmin-Sharp. The peloton was more than 11 minutes behind.

We had made that sun image in wood type last year, thinking we would use it on hot days. Today was a hot day. Last year we only used it as a tree on the stage with the Johnny Hoogerland crash. It was a hot day, so we thought we would bring it out.

Joining us for the day was long time letterpress friend of Lead Graffiti, Mike Kaylor. Mike teaches letterpress printing at Washington College. He was the first nearby printer we met when we were starting Raven Press at the University of Delaware. It is hard to imagine how we would have gotten anywhere in letterpress without the fiendship of Mike. Anyone who wants to get into letterpress needs to find their Mike Kaylor.

General classification leaders & favorites

Yellow Jersey / Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling: 59:32:32

     Christopher Froome: +02:05
     Vincenzo Nibali: +02:23
     Cadel Evans: +03:19
     Jurgen Van Den Broeck: + 04:48
     Pierrick Fédrigo: +1:03:43 (40th place)

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, and Mike Kaylor

Size: 14.75" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: 12 line Agency Gothic Outline, 12 line Stymie Bold Condensed, Euro in metal.

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

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Three of today's photos

Lockup: This is the lockup for the team name and Vande Velde's name. We've been talking about doing one of these spidery lockups using only one quoin, so here it is. And it was still tight after we printed..


Art: A nice shot by Jill of a galley holding some leftover furniture and leading.


Scene: Ray and Mike Kaylor contemplating the placement of "pre-race day race day."