Sunday, 3 July 2011

Roman style church at Gueugnon, France

Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2010 saw the longest stage of the year's race - Montargis to Gueugnon a distance of 227.5 km (about 141 miles), which the riders covered in about 5 hours. This was yet another flat stage with a well contested sprint finish at the end. Mark Renshaw led out Mark Cavendish for his second consecutive stage win. But Fabian Cancellara held on to the overall lead, and Thor Hushovd coninued at the top of the Points Classification.

The leader in each of the classifications is awarded a distinctive jersey which they wear while competing the next raceday. The overall leader wears a yellow jersey, the points classification (points are awarded to the riders based on their daily performance, but it is weighted in favour of sprinters, and is therefore sometimes referred to as the sprint classification) leader werars a green jersey, the leader in the mountains classification wears a white jersey with red dots, and the leader in the young rider category wears a white jersey. The riders consider it a great honour to wear these prestigious jerseys for even part of the 21-day Tour de France. Of course winning the coveted jerseys at the end of the race at Paris is everyone's dream

Gueugnon, where Stage 6 finished, is a village/town in southern Burgundy known both for its Charolais cows as well as its forges. Gueugnon got its first forge in the early 18th century, and since then the size of its population has been directly linked to the prosperity of its forges.

The Roman style Church that I have sketched is from a reference photograph by Havang(nl). I particularly liked the simple, but pleasing facade, and the selective use of lighter coloured stone to draw the viewers' attention.

My sketch is approximately 9.5 cm x 12 cm.

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