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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   1 9 :
          Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > La Toussuire - Les Sybelles | 138 km

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In words :
  "Finally. Finally. Finally"

. . .

Start time today : 7:01am

Completed : 15:00pm

Time today : 15 hours : 0 minutes

Time to date : 349 hours : 13 minutes

Runs today: 6 - handrolled in 4 colors for mente & mente; handrolled in 4 colors for f1nal- & final-; handrolled in 3 colors for enfin & Nibali; handrolled in 2 colors for Quintana & Bardet / team name; dark grey for text for each riders achievement

Runs to date : 87

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The day's story

Today was a brutal day with an HC, 2, and 2 category 1 mountains with a mountaintop finish. Riders were strung out for miles.

With time running out on this year's tour, there were riders who had been dreaming of miraculous, but unfulfilled, outcomes. Here are 3 of them.

Vincenzo Nibali, Tour de France winner last year, has had a bad tour. Starting the day some 8:04 off Froome's time and in 7th place, he was becoming all but ignored. On many stages he would jump out of the Yellow Jersey group for a bit, but would get slowly reeled back in. Not today. With 59k to go (and that is a seriously long way to go from) Nibali broke away and started a quest to catch Pierre Rolland who was out in front and pretty much looked like he might have the stage sewed up. Nibali caught him and finished the stage in 1st place. This caused him to reduce his time deficit to 6:44 and vault himself into 4th place, 1 place off the podium. I'm sure the podium isn't where he wants to be, but it is way better than not being on the podium. He now needs to gain 1:20 on Valverde to get into 3rd.

So, for Vincenzo Nibali, finally (in Italian with thanks from).

An aside: Early in the afternoon we had two visitor from a client for whom we are going to be producing a poster as soon as the Tour is over. We told them we were doing the foreign language thing and both had a bit of pause in their discussion. I asked if something was wrong. Turns out both of them spoke Italian (what's the chance of that when you have an Italian word set in wood type on your press). We had gotten it from Google. They corrected us and on we went with the Italian and Spanish words for "finally" being the same. We liked the look of things better when they were different but sometimes grammar has to override design.

Nairo Quintana has literally ridden behind Chris Froome for 2,000k. He has bolted from the group a bunch of times, only to get run down by the Team Sky army. That is until today when for a moment Chris Froome's armor seems to have a crack in it. Down by what was appearing to be an insurmountable deficit of 3:10. Quintana only got back 0:32 of it, but with tomorrow's run up Alpe d'Huez there is hope.

So, for Nairo Quintana, finally (in Spanish as he is Columbian).

And then there is Romain Bardet. We love rooting for the French and both of the riders that came in 2nd & 3rd in last year's Tour have had a very unlucky tour this year. But Bardet has really started to shine. Working his way up to 9th place today he gathered up enough mountain jersey points to wear the Polkadot Jersey on the stage up Alpe d'Huez. I'm not sure if it is realistic to think it will give him wings after the day he rode today, we will sincerely be rooting for him.

So, for Romain Bardet, finally (in French).

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Kieran Francke, Hendrik-Jan Francke

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 19 desserts at the Glass Kitchen.

Above: Inking a roller and preparing for war.

Above: The lockup of two of the cyclists names and French for "Finally."

Above: A nice view of charging the roller for Nibali's name.

Kieran putting in his time running the Vandercook Universal III.

Above: A shot we couldn't leave out.

Above: Tray coming in from the left and Hendrik-Jan coming in from the right.

Above: One of Jill's best industrial fan shots.

Above: A view of the group working. We love the fact that we get to share this experience with collaborators.

Above: Jill removing the print as Kieran gathers the next sheet.

Above: Tray and his mid-swap roller technique.