Tour De France commemorative illustration

Client: Indespension (website) | June 2014 | Digital rendering
The website Indespension commissioned me to produce a commemorative, fantasy cartoon of all 60 different winners of the Tour de France since its inception in 1903 for an article on its 'Get Out There' blog. The article with which the illustration appears can be seen here: http://www.indespension.co.uk/getoutthere/2014/06/winners-tour-de-france

The multi-tiered podium design is based the one used for the winner's podium on the Champs Elysees. The term 'Tour de France' could not be used on the illustration itself due to copyright reasons, so the title 'Cycling's Greatest Race' was used instead. Cyclists are placed in a broad chronological order, the earliest champions at the bottom tier, and the most recent at the top. The most successful cyclists from each period are placed at the centre. Some of the figures were drawn to echo particular achievements or moments that they were famous for (see picture captions for more details); all were drawn in their contemporary team outfits which were all based on photographs.

Figures are numbered as follows: Bottom row: 1. race founder, Henri Desgrange; 2. Maurice Garin, inaugural winner, 1903; 3. Louis Trousellier, 1905; 4. Francois Faber, 1909; 5. Gustave Garrigou, 1911. Second row: 14. Lucien Buysse, 1926; 15. Georges Speicher, 1933; 16. Sylvere Maes, 1936 & 1939

Bottom row: 6. Leon Scieur, 1921; 7. Phillipe Thys, 1913, 1914 & 1920; 8. Firmin Lambot, 1919 & 1922; 9. Lucien Petit-Breton, 1907 & 1908. Second row: 17. Ottavio Bottecchia, 1924 & 1925; 18. Andre Leducq, 1930 & 1932; 19. Antonin Magne, 1931 & 1934; 20. Nicolas Frantz, 1927 & 1928; 21. Roger Lapebie, 1937.

Bottom row: 10. Octave Lapiz, 1910; 11. Odile Defraye, 1912; 12. Rene Pottier, 1906; 13. Henri Cornet, 1904. Second row: 22. Romain Maes, 1935; 23. Maurice De Waele, 1929; 24. Henri Pelissier, 1923.

Bottom row: 25. Jean Robic, 1925; 26. Hugo Koblet, 1951; 27. Fausto Coppi, 1949 & 1952; 28. Gino Bartali, 1938 & 1948. Middle row: 35. Felice Gimondi, 1965; 36. Roger Pingeon, 1967; 37. Luis Oscana, 1973; 38. Joop Zoetemelk, 1980.

Bottom row: 29. Louison Bobet, 1953, 1954 & 1955; 30. Jacques Anguetil, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 & 1964); 31. Charly Gaul, 1958; 32. Frederico Bahamontes, 1959. Middle row: 39. Bernard Thevenet, 1975 & 1977; 40. Eddy Merckx, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1974; 41. Lucien Van Impe, 1976; 42. Jan Janssen, 1968; 43. Lucien Aimar, 1966.

Bottom row: 31. Charly Gaul, 1958; 32. Frederico Bahamontes, 1959; 33. Roger Walkowiak, 1956; 34. Ferdinand Kubler, 1950. Middle row: 41. Lucien Van Impe, 1976; 42. Jan Janssen, 1968; 43. Lucien Aimar, 1966; 44. Gastone Nencini, 1960.

Middle row: 45. Stephan Roche, 1987; 46. Bjarne Riis, 1996; 47. Marco Pantani, 1998; 48. Greg LeMond, 1986, 1989 & 1990; 49. Bernard Hinault, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 & 1985. n.b. LeMond and Hinault are holding hands aloft to echo the famous occasion they crossed a stage finish line together. Top row: 54. Andy Schleck, 2010; 55. Alberto Contador, 2007 & 2009; 56. Bradley Wiggins, 2012; 57. Chris Froome, 2013.

Middle row: 50. Miguel Indurain, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995; 51. Laurent Fignon, 1983 & 1984; 52. Jan Ullrich, 1997; 53. Pedro Delgado, 1988. Top row: 58. Cadel Evans, 2011; 59. Carlos Sastre, 2008; 60. Oscar Pereiro, 2006; and finally 61. disgraced ex 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 champion Lance Armstrong.