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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   8 :
          Rennes > Mûr de Bretagne | 179 km

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In 5 words :
  "... and out of
  the peloton"

. . .

Start time today : 4:56am

Completed : 11:00pm (to the second)

Time today : 18 hours : 4 minutes

Time to date : 138 hours : 26 minutes

Runs today: 5 - grayish lavender Vuillermoz; 2 handrolled runs of arrows each with 6 colors, green Sagan, red Moment of Humanity as this was our 100th poster of Tour de Lead Graffiti

Runs to date : 32

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The day's story

The stage profile looked like it would be more exciting for action at the end and it lived up to the expectation.

Tomorrow is a Team Time Trial which is likely to produce some serious changes to the General Classification (Yellow Jersey standings). The teams ride as one and each member of the team gets the time of the 5th rider to cross the finish line. Maybe everyone was afraid to really let it all out as a good day tomorrow allows some of the main contenders to leap forward. A leap of 30 or 40 seconds isn't at all unreasonable. The top 7 riders in the GC are separated by only 36 seconds.

Headed up the 10% grade to the finish line, the peloton had shrunk to maybe 2 dozen. Chris Froome took off, but out of the crowd came Alexis Vuillermoz from AG2R La Mondiale and that was that. Dan Martin tried to catch up only to come in second, but nothing was stopping Vuillermoz. Vincenzo Nibali, the Tour winner last year, was dropped on the climb, which cost him a few seconds and he may be showing some vulnerability.

At lunch it seemed like that was about all we had to work with on the poster. That was going to make our job difficult to do, and more importantly to do in a way that makes the opportunity worth all this effort. It turns out we came up with a few more things about the stage, that while not impacting the finish of the stage, helped impact the poster.

Peter Sagan came in 4th and got enough Green Jersey points (sprinters) to take over that part of the Tour competition. After Cavendish Jill really roots for Sagan so she was very happy about that outcome.

And it was our 100th poster of our Tour de Lead Graffiti project, which we though deserved a call out. We really liked this poster and wanted to do something really special. Producing a poster with 17 colors was at least pretty spectacular.

And Vuillermoz was French and we always love it when a Frenchman wins a stage. It was his first Tour stage win and to call attention to that, we replaced the "i" in his name and handrolled it with the colors of the French flag. I think the TV commentators mentioned that a Frenchman hasn't won the Yellow Jersey on the final day since around 1985 which is about when I started getting interested in the Tour. Hmmm.

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Bonnie Feliciano, Meryl Arnold, Tim

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

Profile of today's stage

Above: Stage 8 desserts at the Glass Kitchen.

Above: Running Vuillermoz (stage winner) so we can stack a bunch of arrows on top of him to have it look like he is coming out of the crowd.

Above: Starting to sort the arrows for the colorful overlay which we will do in 2 runs of 6 colors each.

Above: Trying to organize the arrows based on the results of the first run.

Above: The first run of arrows locked up.

Above: The arrows with ink on them.

Above: The inking plate showing the six colors being used on this run.

Above: "Say cheese!"

Above: A view of the cleanup process.

Above: A closer view of cleaning up the inking plate.

Above: Picking their two copies from the images, typically comparing the handrolling.