The Tour of Britain cycle race returns to the UK after an absence of five years with the finest field of professional cyclists in its long history, and Skoda is proud to be the official car company of the Tour. Running from 1-5 September, the Tour will cross the UK from the start in Manchester to the finish in London.
Sixteen teams will battle it out over five days of riding to achieve overall position on the podium in London on Sunday September 5. An international field of teams will compete, including many of the best teams in the world. They will be challenged by national teams from the UK, as they compete for the yellow leader’s jersey as well as the other competitions within the race –the polka-dot jersey for the King of the Mountain, the green points jersey and the blue sprinter’s jersey.
The Tour of Britain will start in Manchester on 1 September, travel through Leeds and the Yorkshire Dales on the 2nd; tackle Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire on the 3rd; Newport and Southeast Wales on Saturday, 4 September, finishing with a spectacular stage through Whitehall in Central London on Sunday, 5 September.
Skoda is providing a total of 30 cars that will be used by officials of the Tour for a variety of purposes, including the top-of-the range Superb, the new Octavia hatch and the current-model Octavia Estate. The cars will travel with the riders each day as they make their way through the stages.
Chris Craft, Brand Director for Skoda UK commented, "It is a natural fit for Skoda to participate in the Tour of Britain. Skoda started out by making bicycles in the Czech Republic in 1895, and then progressed to making some of the best cars in Europe. We’re proud to be part of the revival of the Tour of Britain and wish the riders and organisers all the best."Published 5 September 2004