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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011
S T A G E   1:
          Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes / 191.5 km

the project
| clamshell | title page | descriptive page | colopcolophon | postcards | overprint

stages 1 |
2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Rest | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | Rest | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21

Tour de Lead Graffiti Stage 1

In 6 words:
2-lane pileup stops 120 riders

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Size: 14.75" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Runs: 5 - green, blue (required two runs to bleed top and bottom edges), orange, and grey

Main typography: Clarendon & Clarendon Outline (wood), & Thinline (metal)

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

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Completed: 10:45 pm, July 2, 2011

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, & Megan Zottlemeyer

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Description: We expected little from this first stage. Flat, everyone careful to keep their nerves under control. So we had an idea to start the poster series with "What are they thinking?" and connect that a bit with "What are we thinking?" We patiently watched the live TV feed with a 3-man breakaway right from the start who stayed clear of the peloton for more than 4 hours.

Then with only 8 km to go and everyone shifted into high gear, it hit the "fan." Literally.

A spectator, standing beside the road with his hand on his hip and elbow out, was clipped causing a massive pileup that completely blocked a 2-lane highway and the ditches on both sides. 77 riders were in front of the crash and 121 riders were behind it. Most of the important riders were in front, but Alberto Contador was in back now about 40 seconds behind some leading contenders for the yellow jersey in 3 week's time.

Now, everyone had the pedal to the asphalt. As Contador's group tried to make up lost ground they had a second massive pileup with about 2 km to go. When they finally crossed the finish line Contador was 1:14 behind literally all of his major competition. Last year's tour was decided by only 39 seconds over Lead Graffiti favorite, Andy Schleck.

It was a surprise ending to an otherwise uneventful stage where most people just try to stay on their bikes until the last 200 yards when the sprinters take over.

Our congratulations to Philipe Gilbert of the Omega Pharma - Lotto team who won the stage and will wear the yellow jersey on Stage 2. Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team came in second and our favorite, Andy Schleck of Team Leopard-Trek, who came in 33rd, but a mere 0:06 out of the lead. More importantly Andy was 1:14 ahead of Contador, making up for a bit of the chain issue in last year's Tour.

A few other details: We started the project saying we were doing 2-color posters. We decided to preprint the stage / signature block in the bottom left so we could get squeeze three colors out of the piece. Then on Stage 1 we designed the piece to run off both the top and bottom, so the blue required two runs using our Vandercook Universal III. Then Jill came up with "I've fallen and can't get up" (she immediately changed that to "... catch up"). We hope we can do most of our days in 12 hours including our "feed zones." This first one took more than 16.

We hope you like the poster. We offer a welcome to 'endurance letterpress' to Megan Zottlemeyer who bought into two days of printing with us. Now for the Team Time Trial.

Gilert Philippe will wear the Yellow Jersey on Stage 2 with a collective time of 4h 41'31".

Our effort to this point is 16h 45'00" with the total number of runs standing at 5.