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 collector's 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 go 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."
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