Isle of Man Stamps and Coins have officially launched their Tour de France Edition 100 set of eight stamps at an event with Peter Kennaugh MBE in Douglas.
Peter was presented with the stamps and collectors products at a bike shop which has supported many Isle of Man cyclists over the last 20 years.
It’s been a busy fortnight for the 24-year-old Olympic Gold medal-winning Isle of Man rider. Last weekend he finished fourth in the National Road Race Championship in Glasgow, won by fellow Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish, and earlier this week he received his MBE from the Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood. 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.’
Peter said: ‘I think the Tour de France stamps issued by 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 per cent 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.’