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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   6 :
          Abbeville > Le Havre | 191 km

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In 6 words :
  "The roller-coaster
  just will not stop"

. . .

Start time today : 5:45am

Completed : 9:40pm

Time today : 15 hours : 55 minutes

Time to date : 102 hours : 58minutes

Runs today: 4 - cream for Martin and Eritrea, blue for Stybar, handrolled orange arrows & red dot, handrolled Teklehaimanot in yellow & black

Runs to date : 24

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The day's story

Today was two completely different stories. The first one actually has three parts. So we divided the poster into two posters. I set the positioning and I think I set them a bit too far apart. Would have been better if the distance between them had been halved, but like they say, "That's the Tour de France."

Story 1, part 1: Right at the start of the final kilometers there was a crash. We constantly wonder how the riders in the peloton survive the constant shuffling, wind, bumps, roundabouts, etc. without crashing. Clearly, there are a lot of crashes, but lots and lots and lots of riders don't crash on any given stage.

After rooting for Tony Martin since day 1—3 days in 2nd place to 3 different people in Yellow, he finally gets the Yellow Jersey—he is unavoidably clipped by the cyclist in front of him. Trying to correct, he bumps the cyclist on his right and several of them go down at something like 40mph. Martin hits right on his shoulder, his collarbone and is out of the race. As Martin said in a post-race interview, "In the Tour, luck and bad luck are closely related."

Tony's collarbone was fractured into several pieces and he was in such pain that he couldn't even ride his bike. Teammates helped him on his bike and then rode along beside him, pushing him the final kilometer. It was a really poignant moment, ignoring the reason for it, and it allowed Martin to maintain the Yellow Jersey, if only for the moment.

Story 1, part 2: The worst rider in the Tour is an amazing rider. Of the hundreds of professional riders across the world, only 198 get to start the Tour. The announcers are constantly mentioning someone and casually throwing in details like they are the "champion of Portugal" or the "world champion in Cyclocross last year. These are serious riders with serious résumés. Seriously fast sprinter, Peter Sagan, is generally in the front of the pack and it seems like everyone is waiting for him to make his jump so they can get on his wheel. I can imagine the leader of the teams yelling into their microphones, "Go! Go! Go!"

Well, while everyone was waiting for someone to start the race to the line, Zdenek Stybar (there are lots of interesting names in the Tour's roster) just jumps out of the crowd. Gets a bit of a lead and damn if he doesn't hold on to it. And then Peter Sagan came in 2nd.

Story 1, part 3: Zdenek Stybar and Tony Martin are both on Etixx-Quick Step. How cool is that?

So, this has been one hell of a week for Tony Martin.

Story 2: There are big big stories and there are big small stories. This year's Tour has the first team from Africa. With all of the amazing distance runners that come from Africa it isn't hard to imagine that cycling might also offer some opportunities for that talent.

A group of 3 riders that broke free at the 5th kilometer and stayed away for about 170 kilometers had one of the riders from MTN-Qhubeka (we love interesting arrangements of letters and a word with a Q that isn't followed by a U gets our attention). During that 170 kilometers there are King of the Mountain points to be collected and one of the riders collected enough of them to be awarded the King of the Mountain Jersey after the race. His name is Daniel Teklehaimanot. Oh, yes. We'll have some fun working with that name typographically.

As for the poster there were some fun elements that we pulled into its design.

Stybar and Martin were almost exactly the same length. A little fooling around with the spacing and they become exactly the same. Both have a nicely placed "A" in them and if we replace them with a couple of our arrows (see yesterday's poster), we get a nice visual connection. Turn Martin upside down and grey back the color and you get a pretty good indication of the story. It was also the first time we connected two names with a single team name.

The African rider, Daniel Teklehaimanot, was from Eritrea. Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard that word. The announcer said it was in the upper right corner of Africa, which seemed like a strange way to word it versus the north east of Africa. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. So, I've also not heard of that third country. So with an African team maybe there is some new information to be gained.

Anyway, Teklehaimanot won enough mountain points to get the King of the Mountain Jersey. The first African team with its first Tour de France jersey. Sweet! And the Tour offers all kinds of opportunities for stories like this. Congratulations for this start.

MTM-Qhubeka jerseys are black/white striped with their logo on the back, which is yellow. So, we decided that with Stybar-Martin in the heavier Velo type at the top we would use the condensed Rubens for his name at the bottom and handroll it to give it some emphasis. We also had to put the name Eritrea in there so we used the same greyed-back color as for Martin.


Printing details

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

Size : 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography : wood - Velo Black 12 line (House Industries) and Rubens; metal - Euro

Production notes : handset wood & metal type. The stage details and signature block were preprinted using Boxcar photopolymer plates.

Press : Vandercook Universal III

Images from Stage

Above: the profile of today's stage

Each of those category 4 mountains awarded 1 point to the first rider to cross the top. That is where Teklehaimanot got the points he needed to gain the Mountain Jersey.

Above: Stage 6 desserts at the Glass Kitchen

Above: Lockup for "Martin" and "Eritrea."

Above: Lauren grabbing a photo to document a technique for locking up angled type.

Above: A nice photo of Lauren. She was as much fun to work with as she looks like she would be.

Above: For a bit we were caught in a torrential downpour in the studio. Jill took this nice photo of the door to our studio.

Above: Lauren and Ray handrolling the orange arrows and the red dot.

Above: Lauren printing and Ray taking the sheets off the press. In these busy days, when speed is pretty critical, it is nice to have that second person who can also keep track of the ink level. A lot of the runs have a lot of area that print so the ink level can go down quite quickly. We tend to run the ink pretty heavy.

Above: To handroll that narrow yellow area, we tore a piece of paper to make a mask. The mask was taped to the furniture and simply folded back after use. As it was below type high it didn't print. It is critical when doing these handrolled runs with two colors like yellow and black, you have to keep that yellow roller from touching the black ink or you'll have black spots all through the yellow ink. Lauren was rolling the yellow.

Above: Jill handrolling the black.

Above: "Go Steelers!"

Above: Ray hanging the Stage 6 poster.

Above: Checking out the posters.