Jaguar and Team Sky take Tour de France victory
Jul 25 2012
Jaguar has congratulated Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins on their successful Tour de France campaign. The British cyclist won the epic French bike race with a total time of 87 hours, 34 minutes and 47 seconds – a winning margin of three minutes and 21 seconds.
Team Sky – for which Wiggins and teammates Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome also ride – were supported by Jaguar and used the British carmaker’s new XF Sportbrake estate as its technical support vehicle, carrying spare bikes and equipment throughout the event.
The estate variant of the XF doesn’t go on sale until October this year but, according to Team Sky, the two-pre-production versions of the vehicle used on the Tour performed faultlessly.
Team Sky team principal, David Brailsford: “We’re feeling pretty euphoric right now, and on behalf of all the team would like to thank Jaguar for being there right from the very start to support us.”
32-year old Wiggins is the first Brit ever to win the Tour de France and held the Yellow Jersey – the sign of the competition leader – for 13 consecutive stages on the run into the final leg yesterday along the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Wiggins secured the lead of the event on stage seven, holding onto the top spot all the way to the finish in the French capital, compounding his lead with a sensational performance in Saturday’s time trial event.
Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark said: “It is wonderful to see Bradley and Team Sky winning this legendary and iconic race. What an achievement for a British team on a global stage. We extend our warmest congratulations to everyone at Team Sky and look forward to the next race.”
According to Team Sky, the XF Sportbrake was chosen due to its versatile capability and high performance. Its roll in the Tour de France was the first time the XF Sportbrake had been seen on the road anywhere in the world.
The car goes on sale in October 2012 priced from £29,940.
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