Mladá Boleslav, 20 July 2018 – ŠKODA Design has once again been tasked with designing
the winners’ trophies for this year’s Tour de France. After the peloton crosses the finish line
on the Champs-Elysées on 29 July, the winners of each classification will receive their
trophies. ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier will personally award the wearer of the green
jersey with the green crystal-glass trophy which is reserved for the leader of the points
“The trophies for the winners of the Tour de France provide a fascinating interplay between soft
curves and precise lines, which widen towards the top. They are thereby reminiscent of a bird’s
wings mid-flight,” explained ŠKODA AUTO designer Peter Olah.
The 60-centimetre-tall and four-kilogramme masterpieces of Czech glass art are manufactured by
the Czech company Lasvit and the trophies’ elegant silhouettes are now considered to be a
trademark of the Tour de France. Each year the ŠKODA AUTO designers draw on inspiration from
new influences when creating the surface of the awards. This year the trophy pays homage to the
geometric designs and angular shapes of Czech cubism.
This year, ŠKODA AUTO is acting as an official sponsor and vehicle partner for the Tour de France
for an amazing 15th time; since 2011, the long-established Czech brand from Mladá Boleslav has
also been designing the trophies awarded to the winners of the cycling race through France.
On 7 July, the 105th edition of the classic cycling tour began on the Atlantic island of Noirmoutieren-
Ile. By the time the peloton crosses the finish line on the Champs-Elysées next Sunday 29 July,
the riders will have covered a total of 3,351 km across 21 stages.
ŠKODA AUTO is accompanying this year’s Tour de France with exiting contributions and
interesting background stories which can be found on ŠKODA Storyboard. One of the articles
cover the convoy of vehicles that drive in front of the peloton and distribute gifts to spectators. Fans
wishing to experience the race in person can also find useful tips for their visit to the sports event
on ŠKODA Storyboard.