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Jaguar F-Pace SUV Makes an Appearance in Tour de France Stage One

It turns out the photos we all saw last week showing a lightly camouflaged Jaguar F-Pace test mule dressed as a support car for Team Sky at Tour de France were just a teaser smartly placed on the Internet by Jaguar.
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This year's Tour de France kicked off in Utrecht, Netherlands this weekend and Jaguar didn't miss the inaugural moment as the British carmaker brought the Jaguar F-Pace for supporting duties that will continue throughout the competition.

So, in front of an estimated live audience of one million people, the Jaguar F-Pace broke cover and offered assistance for five Team Sky riders: Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Peter Kennaugh, Leopold König and Chris Froome in what JLR officials called "a pressurised real world test of Jaguar's first performance crossover".

The F-PACE let down its guard and threw away its hard camouflage in public for the first time. The SUV replaced the camo with a specially created wrap, hinting at the final design of the vehicle, which will be fully unveiled later this year.

Also, engineers fitted the SUV with a bike rack, designed with a telescopic clamp by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations and used to carry two of Team Sky's Pinarello Bolide Time Trial bikes.

"The atmosphere in Utrecht was incredible. The Netherlands has a huge passion for cycling and right from the moment we arrived at the start line, you could feel the excitement. The appearance of Jaguar's F-PACE prototype definitely added to the hype today - you could see it made a big impact with the crowds," concluded Carsten Jeppesen, Team Sky Head of Technical Operations & Commercial.



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