Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh MBE receives Tour de France Edition 100 stamps

 

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Isle of Man Stamps & Coins have officially launched their Tour de France Edition 100 set of 8 stamps at an event with Peter Kennaugh MBE. Recently confirmed as a rider for Team Sky, Peter was presented with the stamps and collectors products at a local Isle of Man bike shop which has supported many Isle of Man cyclists over the past 20 years.

 

Peter Kennaugh, who was officially presented with his MBE by the Isle of Man’s Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood at Government House earlier this week, finished fourth in the National Road Race Championship in Glasgow last weekend, won by fellow Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish. Announced as a Team Sky Tour de France team member just last week, he follows the Manx Missile Mark Cavendish into Le Tour history.

 

Maxine Cannon, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said:

 

“We are extremely proud to have been given worldwide rights to produce exclusive items for Le Tour 100 in recognition of the tremendous contribution of the Isle of Man to the colourful history of the world’s greatest race. For more than 50 years, Isle of Man International Cycling Week attracted a long list of Tour de France riders. We’re delighted to be a part of this global event.”

 

Peter Kennaugh said:

 

“I think the Tour de France stamps issued by Isle of Man Post Office are pretty cool. They really showcase Le Tour and I think it’s great that they always goes to the effort of producing stamps to mark sporting events, achievements and Manx sportsmen. Interest in cycling is massive and is growing all the time around the world. It’s particularly popular on the Isle of Man and I know the Island is 100% behind me in its support as I prepare to take part in this year’s Tour de France – it’s an enormous boost and I feel very proud.”

 

Isle of Man Stamps and Coins will issue a varied range of products during Le Tour to capture instantly cycling history in the making. Please visit our website www.iomstamps.com and social media platforms to get the latest news on all our products on Facebook/IsleofManStampsandCoins

 

Stamps to mark the 100th edition of the Tour de France

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Widely regarded as the world’s biggest annual sporting event, the Tour de France will mark its 100th edition this year.

To celebrate, Isle of Man Post Office is issuing a set of eight postage stamps honouring its greatest champions and the role that Britain and indeed the Isle of Man has played in adding to the colourful history of the world’s greatest race. The issue date is June 19.

Le Tour as it’s now known, started in 1903 with the first British riders taking part in 1937 but it wasn’t until 1958 that the first Briton, Brian Robinson won a stage. Indeed the Yorkshireman has played a key role in bringing the tour to his home country for the Grand Départ in 2014, so there are several reasons why he has been chosen to feature on one of the values.

The Isle of Man has played its part in generating interest in the Tour too. For more than 50 years Isle of Man International Cycling Week attracted a long list of Tour de France riders including Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, Simpson, Fignon and Roche. Mark Cavendish, the first and so far only Manx rider to compete in the Tour, has 23 stage wins. He won the Green Jersey in 2011 and Bradley Wiggins became the first Britain to win the Tour outright in 2012. Both of these legendary British riders are depicted on the stamps.

The Yellow Jersey first appeared in the Tour in 1919 so that spectators and the press could easily identify the race leader. Frenchman Eugène Christrophe was the first rider to wear the Maillot Jaune.

In its history only four men have won the Tour five times so it’s fitting that they are each honoured with their own stamp in this issue: Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgium’s Eddy Merckx and Spain’s Miguel Indurain.

There are just eight images from 100 Tours featured in this stamp issue but each one honours one of its greatest champions.

Please visit our website here to find out more about the Tour de France collection of stamps and products and to pre-order.

Peter Kennaugh Signing

Peter Kennaugh and young fan

Peter Kennaugh and young fan

Here’s some pictures of Manx Olympic Gold Medallist, Peter Kennaugh‘s Stamp signing session down at the Isle of Man Sea Terminal which happened on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012.  The event was a roaring success and was organised by The Isle of Man Post Office.

Signing

Signing

Peter Kennaugh Meeting The Manx Public

Peter Kennaugh Meeting The Manx Public

Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and Mirella Annis, marketing assistant, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and Mirella Annis, marketing assistant, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

 Team GB Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh

Team GB Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh

Busy Crowd

Busy Crowd

Peter Kennaugh with Mirella Annis and Dot Tilbury

L-R Peter Kennaugh with Mirella Annis, marketing assistant and Dot Tilbury, general manager both from Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

What A Week!

Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile

We have been very excited by the events of the last 7 days in the world of cycling and our social media streams have been boiling hot with congratulations and wishes of good luck for Mark Cavendish following his stage win in Paris at the Tour De France and the anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic Games Men’s Road Race on Saturday. We are also getting behind local boy – and son of a postman of the same name – Peter Kennaugh who is part of the Team GB Men’s Pursuit team. It is amazing that our little Island has produced 2 world champions and Olympians and we are all thrilled with their success so far and their great potential for the future.

To see and order our Mark Cavendish – The Manx Missile stamps, please click on image above!