How Jaguar helped Wiggins take tour title

Jaguar, sponsors of the winning Team Sky riders, did its bit to help Wiggins take the Yellow Jersey and win the world’s toughest and most prestigious cycling race.

British-built Jaguar cars were on hand throughout the 2,000-mile race to provide support for the winning team across the gruelling, and often mountainous, course.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake models, executive estate cars based on the popular Jaguar XF saloon, were kitted out with specialist equipment to support the riders.

The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the newest model from Jaguar and does not actually arrive on sale at Perrys Jaguar dealerships until October 2012.

While pre-production versions of the car helped Team Sky at the 2012 Tour, standard versions are being prepared for UK customers, complete with the new estate shape and one-piece tailgate.

The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is capable of carrying up to 1,675 litres in its extended back end but matches this practicality with a luxury Jaguar interior.

The Tour model includes roof racks to carry bikes along with race radios and TV sets to follow the race. The car was described by Team Sky Director Servais Knaven as ‘versatile’ because of its capacity to hold nine bikes.

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.”

The new Jaguar XK Sportbrake will go on sale at Perrys Jaguar of Huddersfield from October 2012.