Team Sky may be having a tough time at the Tour de France — with defending champion Chris Froome crashing out in the opening week and illness causing Richie Porte to fall out of contention in the Alps at the weekend — but one thing’s certain, they will have far and away the coolest support car on Saturday’s individual time trial.
Team sponsor Jaguar has supplied Sky with a bespoke F-type coupé that will follow its riders on Stage 20 from Bergerac to Périgueux. It’s a striking vehicle – although one that would be entirely impractical as a support car for anything other than a time trial stage – as the video below shows. Let's face it's a shameless marketing ploy, but it's a shameless marketing ploy with style.
The one-off vehicle has been specially modified for Team Sky and includes a separate electrical supply in the boot to provide power to the radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns and televisions that provide communications between Team Sky’s sports director and the rider.
Team Sky’s normal support vehicle is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. This video shows how much kit gets packed into it for a typical road stage.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.