For the past two years, artist Sam Smith has live-illustrated the Tour de France. He plans to include the images in two coffee-table books currently being funded on Kickstarter. This week, we got a sneak peek of highlights from the 2017 graphic story of the world’s most famous bike race.
Stage 1, The Crash: Valverde Slips in Opening Time Trial
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde lights up the big races with impressive all-around ability and a wealth of experience. On the slippery road of Düsseldorf in this opening stage, Valverde loses control after overcooking a corner, which had caused a lot of trouble for a lot of riders. He skids for more than 30 feet and smashes into the barriers. Unable to remount his bike, he abandons the race. Losing Valverde, one of Nairo Quintana’s most valuable domestiques, is a massive blow to the Colombian’s chances of winning.