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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011
S T A G E   2 1 :
          Créteil - Paris Champs-Élysées / 95.5 km

the project
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Tour de Lead Graffiti Stage 21

In 1 word:

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Size: 14.75" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Runs: 6 - yellow (2 runs), blue (2 runs), red, & grey

Main typography: Clarendon, Clarendon Outline (wood); Euro Bold (metal)

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

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Completed: 9:40 pm, July 24, 2011

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, & Virginia Green

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Description: Tradition says that you don't challenge the Yellow Jersey on the final day. But the sprinters, who are always far down the list of time, have the day mostly to themselves.

The day starts as a lazy ride, warm greetings, hugs, photo ops, and even a bit of Champagne winding through the outskirts of Paris. Eventually they get to the start of a 50 km race which is 8 times around the Champs-Élysées. In the end and to no surprise Mark Cavendish of HTC - Highroad picked up his 5th stage win and his 20th in the Tour de France. Not only does he have the best lead-out team in the business, but when he turns on the afterburners, he is simply the fastest man on a bike.

So, our guy, Andy Schleck and his brother Frank of Leopord - Trek, both stood on the podium with Tour winner and Yellow Jersey winner Cadel Evans of BMC. Everyone was smiles and gracious. It was nice. Mark Cavendish won the Best Sprinter Jersey, Samuel Sanchez won the Best Climber Jersey, Pierre Rolland won the Best Youth Jersey (under the age of 25), and Team Garmin-Cervelo won the Best Team Jersey, and Jérémy Roy of FDJ won the Most Aggressive Rider award.

We figured the best way to finish the Tour de Lead Graffiti posters was to pay homage to those that had excited us the most of the past 3 weeks. Yellow and a nice blue. And then in one final gesture of endurance, "How about one more using an arrow?" Thanks for that.

Final standings for the 2011 Tour de France are

Cadel Evans in Yellow - 83h 45'20"
Andy Schleck
in 2nd place - 01'34"
Frank Schleck in
3rd place - 02'30"
Thomas Voeckler
in 4th place - 03'20"
Alberto Contador in 5th place - 03'57"
Samuel Sanchez
in 6th place - 04'55"
Damiano Cunego
in 7th place - 06'05"
Ivan Bosso
in 8th place - 07'23"
Tom Danielson in 9th place - 08'15
Jean-Christophe Peraud in 10th place - 10'11"

Ray's total effort for the project was 345h 12'08" (average of 15h 01' a day for 23 consecutive days) with the total number of runs standing at 126.

Endurance letterpress? Hmmm.