This has to be the most stylish way to carry bikes.
This has to be the most stylish way to carry bikes. (Jaguar/Team Sky)

The Sexiest Bike Rack Ever

Team Sky's bikes ride in style thanks to Jaguar

This has to be the most stylish way to carry bikes.
Lauren Steele

When you are a Tour de France Team Sky cyclist, you ride in style thanks to sponsors such as Rapha and Oakley. Your custom-made Pinarello Dogma F8 bike also gets the VIP treatment, in the form of the sexiest transportation a bike could probably receive—a Jaguar F-Type with a bike rack.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations designed a version of the 5-liter V8 supercharge engine coupe specifically for the Tour’s Stage 20 time trial. The coupe comes complete with a unique Team Sky paint job, a built-in rear bike rack, and a separate electric supply in the trunk to power the team director’s radios and televisions. With 550 horses, if this car can’t keep up with time-trial riders, no car will.

“This F-Type concept is a world-class vehicle that will help get the best out of the team on the TT stages,” said Team Sky general manager Sir David Brailsford in a Team Sky press release. “The development of this F-Type Coupé is the latest example of our shared belief to push the boundaries and provide technologically innovative solutions, both on and off the bike. The visual impact of the F-Type Coupé during Stage 20 will also of course bring added attention to Team Sky.”

With only seven remaining riders still in the Tour after Chris Froome’s withdrawal, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke’s termination, and Richie Porte’s illness, Team Sky needs every opportunity to “get the best” out of the rest of the race.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Jaguar/Team Sky