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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014
S T A G E   2 0 : Individual Time Trial
          Bergerac > Périgueux / 54 km

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In 6 words:
   "Tony Martin is just
     plain fast"

. . .

Start time today: 4:45 am

Completed: 9:26 pm

Time today: 16 hours : 41 minutes

Time to date: 358 hours : 38 minutes

Runs: 5 - 3 runs of arrows; orange (Martin); handrolled (arrows as French and Italian flags and the team name)

Runs to date: 106

370 > 800 pixel wide enlargement

The day's story

Description: The individual time trial is one of the hardest of all of the stages to do. They are designed to not have variation. The remaining riders start from a spot and ride to a spot, starting 2 minutes apart. You cannot draft another rider, car or motorcycle. Just your time counts. Today it was essentially a 54k (about 30 miles) sprint.

Tony Martin is the world time trial champion and he showed it in fine style. Starting 2 minutes behind the rider in front of him, he caught the 5 riders in front of him. In the end he beat the 2nd fastest time by 1:39. In individual time trials when seconds can separate a rider this was huge.

There was a shuffling of standings in the General Classification which will stand through the end of the race tomorrow barring some kind of catastrophe. So the winners are essentially set in stone.

The big story for us was two French riders standing 2nd & 3rd in the GC. We've mentioned this before in the stories about the stages, but given that this is the Tour de FRANCE, France has not had a rider on the final podium (meaning no one has come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd) in 17 years. That ends this year and I'm sure French cycling is going to surge back into the main discussion.

Jill has wanted to do a clock face for a couple of years on these individual time trials, but hasn't been able to get her way. With Lauren in the house, who also suggested a clock face at lunch, things swayed to that side. So, a clock face it is, but with some abstraction to it. Tony Martin gets the callout as the stage winner. As the top three riders have been named on numerous occasions over our posters we decided to just use their flags in the handrolled run of the poster. Vincenzo Nibili is first with the Italian flag and Jean-Christopher Péraud and Thibaut Pinot get the French flags.

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Lauren Emeritz

Size: 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: Neuland 12 line, Jefferson Gothic 12 line, Euro Bold Condensed 24 point

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

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Photos from July 26th

Roughing in the general look and placement of the poster's composition on the bed of our Vandercook Universal III.

The lockup of the first color (left below). We played around with a variety of options for making the circles to hold the copperplates from things such as buckets, bowls, etc. We were just headed out of the studio to run to Home Depot to buy a couple of those concrete column paper tubes (which might be nice to have anyway, when we thought it might be worth a try to just do it in strips of bookboard material. If you wrapped a few rounds of them it ends up being quite sturdy and round enough. We were going to be pretty loose with the positioning so being off 1/4" wasn't going to bother us.

Worked out great.

The colors for the 3 runs for the face of the clock. You can see that we've used up some of the lavender color.

Ray showing Lauren how to adjust the tapes on the automatic paper return.

Lauren adjusting something in the composition.

Just an interesting photo of Lauren & Ray headed in different directions.

Ray taking off the sheets from the press while Lauren printed.

Lauren pointing out a problem overlap between the first two layers while Ray corrected it.

Thinking if there was anything we could do to improve things without having to go to too much trouble.

One of Jill's nice abstraction shots. This would be a good look in a pirate's letterpress shop.

A look at the space around our Vandercook Univeral III. Press furniture and quoin rack on the right, lighttable just behind the feedboard, paper racks in the back, computer controlled paper cutter is just to the left, leading cabinets are just behind Jill (the photographer), and our Vandercook SP15 is just to the left in front of Jill.

The lockup of Martin. We've just put two pieces of 10 pica wide press furniture across the bed and locked them in with a quion to essentially act as a deadbar. We would trust this if we weren't printing a very large area.

The lockup of Martin. That M is so wide that it really hurt our ability to make his name work on the circle.

You can see the imprint of the tapes right down the middle of the N. We had forgotten to move it between runs.

Positioning the arrows to represent the flags. You can also see the team name in the upper right.

Lauren is on the left handinking the blue & green colors. Jill is on the right inking the red.