Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E 1 6 :
Bourg-de-Péage > Gap | 201 km
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In 4 words :
"The wooden pole thing"
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Start time today : 5:16am
Completed : 9:51pm
Time today : 16 hours : 35 minutes
Time to date : 282 hours : 42 minutes
Runs today: 3 - light brown for 2 As and vertical quote; 4 handrolled colors for PLZ, SGN, & time; red for Thomas, MoH, breakaway, and team name
Runs to date : 67
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The day's story
This was a day made for being in the breakaway because it was almost guaranteed to win from the start. Peter Sagan was in the breakaway for the 3rd day in a row. From the spectator's side of the race Sagan is a great participant in that he takes an offensive view of racing. He is constantly trying to make things happen.
After 2 category 2 mountains Sagan came in 2nd for the 5th time this tour without having won a stage. His top 10 placements in the stages are 2, 3, 2, 2, 3, 4, 2, 5, 4, & 2. So it is clear he is in play A LOT of the time. Really fun to watch really fun to root for. Jill's favorite for sure. As a comparison André Greipel has won 3 stages. Top 10 finishes include 1, 1, 1, & 2. It isn't hard to wonder how much these guys get paid to get the name of their sponsors in front of the viewers. Sagan, having not won a stage, gets his in front about 5 times more than Greipel. Sagan has the green Sprinter's Jersey sewn up, this being his 4th year to win.
The breakaway had also gotten ahead of the peloton by 20:06, the largest lead we've seen in the Tour so far.
And there was a frightening crash. The peloton was riding down the second mountain at a hairpin curve that had been causing some trouble for members of the breakaway. A rider took the inside line of the corner far too fast and was going to clearly crash right through the guard railing across the road, but ran into Geraint Thomas instead. This sent Thomas on a direct path toward a utility pole. It appeared that he hit the pole head on at about 30 mph. You could see him grab for the pole as he went past it and then over an embankment. The thick wires connecting poles to keep cars from doing the same thing were torn loose. Here is a photo sequence of the crash.
Above: Thomas taking the corner wide which is the logical thing to do.
Above: Barguil, traveling noticeably faster than Thomas, is taking the inside track and is never going to make the turn.
Above: The point of collision.
Above: See that wooden pole thing looming in the background.
Above: The TV image zooms at the point of the image above and nothing is clear. As best we can tell this is the point at which Thomas' head impacts the wooden pole thing.
In the meantime the finish was happening so the picture we were seeing switched over there. The stage was won by Ruben Plaza of Lampre-Merida with Peter Sagan in 2nd by 30 seconds.
By the time the camera was back at the crash site, nothing was happening.
After the stage, they had an interview with Thomas about what happened and his explanation was "I butted heads with a wooden pole thing."
And then what? "I got back on my bike and kept chasing."
He had only lost 40 seconds in all of that.
We expected at the very minimum that he would be out of the race. He is one of the top riders for Team Sky which protects Chris Froome. The worst outcome didn't seem impossible.
On the poster we just had to write out "I butted heads with the wooden pole thing." That worked out great once we figured out to dent that pole with Thomas' head (name).
PlAzA and SAgAn are both 5 letters with every other one an A. The stage today had two category 2 mountains so that was pretty easy to put together with some 30 line (5" high) wood type. Plaza, after 14 years of racing, won his first stage in one of the Grand Tours. We were sorry for Sagan, but really happy for Plaza.
We used the color for Plaza using Lampre's team color and Sagan who had officially sealed his victory in the Green Jersey competition was in green. The colors clashed too much, so we handrolled them using some of the brown we used for the As and pole. That worked better.
We wanted to call out the 20:06 gap which is the name of the city they were finishing in (Gap, France).
Jill was exhausted rooting for Sagan, so we put that Moment of Humanity in for her.
Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Aaron Capp
Size : 14.5" x 22.5"
Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm
Main typography : wood - Velo Black 12 line (House Industries) and ?; metal -
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 16 desserts from the Glass Kitchen (Jill / chocolate icecream, Aaron / Key lime pie, Ray / coconut cream pie)
Above: Ray showing Aaron the ropes with our Vandercook Universal III.
Above: Aaron checking the ink density to see if we need to add ink.
Above: The lockup for the first run. Generally our favorite part of this poster once we get Thomas' name into that pole dent.
Above: a close-up of one of our wall paper printing rolls in the studio.
Above: The lockup for the second run with the names and time
Above: Ray holding one roller-in-waiting while he rolls with the other.
Above: Aaron killing one of our studio mosquitos.
Above: Getting the paper into the grippers.
Above: Aaron and Jill working on the placement of the rider's names with the 2 As.