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. Pet er Kennaugh, who was officially present ed wit h his MBE by t he 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: “W e 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 hist ory of t he world’s great est race. Fo r more t han 50 years , Isle of Man International Cycling Week attracted a long list of Tour de France riders. We’re delight ed t o be a part of this global event.” Pet er Kennaugh said: “I t hink t he T our de France st amp s issued by Isle of Man Post Office are pretty cool. T hey really showcase Le Tour and I t hink it’s great t hat they always goes t o the effort of prod ucing st amps t o mark sporting events, achievements and Manx sportsmen. Interest in cycling is massive and is growing all the t ime around t he world. It ’s part icularly popular on t he Isle o f Man and I know t he Island is 100% behind me in its support as I prepare to t ake part in t his year’s Tour de France – it’s an enormous boost and I feel very proud .”
CORDIALES SALUDOS / GOOD LUCK /
JUAN FRANCO CRESPO * STAMP JOURNALIST (AIPET)
SÀLVIA 8 (MAS CLARIANA)
E-43800 VALLS-TARRAGONA (ESPAÑA-SPAIN-ESPAGNE-SPANIEN)