With the memory of the No. 68 Ford GT race car’s auspicious Le Mans victory still fresh in our minds, Ford has announced that it’s seeking victory in a second French race this year: the 2016 Tour de France bicycle race.
While every Ford fan is surely familiar with the automaker’s 1966 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, exactly fifty years ago, fewer are aware of Lucien Aimar’s Tour de France victory for the Ford France-Hutchinson team the very same year. The automaker will be attempting to relive that past glory, as well, by being the exclusive vehicle supplier for Team Sky in this year’s race.
Team Sky has won three of the past four runnings of the Tour de France, thanks to cyclists Chris Froome (2013, 2015) and Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012). This year, they’ll take to the 3,519-km (2,187-mile) course to try and do it again, with the support of blue-and-black-liveried Ford Mondeo wagons, Kuga CUVs, S-MAX MPVs, Transit vans, and even an Edge crossover and a Mustang pony car.
Ford vehicles have helped support Team Sky since the beginning of the 2016 cycling season.