Le Tour de France - 2016: Limited Edition print by Massif Central
Massif Central create stunning illustrations of great sporting achievements. Merging detailed data with design they document cycling's greatest races. Their latest limited edition print was inspired by the 2016 edition of Le Tour de France.
This A1 size print is truly amazing. With detailed information for every stage including distance, elevation, categorised climbs, sprint points, stage winner and changes from stage to stage in the yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys, it paints a perfect picture of the race and will leave you poring over it for hours.
- Gallery quality Hahnemuhle giclée print
- Limited edition of 103, signed and numbered
- Size A1 841x594mm, 23 3/8" x 33 1/8"
The 2016 edition of the Tour de France will be long remembered. It may not have had the punch and counter-punches of some recent Giro's or Vuelta's but there were surprises at every turn. Mark Cavendish rolled back the years to win the first stage and finally won the race leader's yellow jersey before going on to claim another 3 stages.
Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet next held the Maillot Jaune but it was eventual winner Chris Froome who properly set the tone for this Tour de Surprise with a hair-raising descent stage win into Bagneres on Stage eight Attacking over the top of the final climb, the Team Sky rider confounded the many critics of his team's generally conservative tactics with a display of borderline recklessness and a victory of real panache.
Froome followed up on what many thought had just been a 'moment of madness' a few days later with an opportunistic late surge out of the crosswind-affected peloton that saw yellow and green jerseys contest a full-bloodied sprint for the line. Clearly, Froome was riding to his own rules and racing hard.
As the race moved to the mountains we expected the tests to come but no-one could have predicted the scenes that Mont Ventoux brought. With the stage shortened due to high winds, the lower slopes jam-packed with spectators, a crash with a motorbike saw Froome running up the mountain in search of a replacement bike.
The expected challenges from Quintana and Aru never came. Froome won a second stage with a dominant performance on the uphill ITT and from there it was plain sailing. Even a crash on stage 20 that required him to do the final climb on a team-mate's bike saw him extend his lead as all his main rivals suffered.
Froome's win is the first back-to-back TdF victory since 2005, but, more importantly, this is the win that was not 'by the book', silencing the critics who had previously labelled him as a boring winner.
Please note, due to the limited nature of these prints we can't offer refund or exchanges for change of mind. Shipping for these limited edition prints may take up to 10-14 days.