We know the pro teams ride the world’s most awesome bikes. But what about their team cars? Despite all the ads during the Tour, not all teams drive Skodas (that said, many do, so it’s not all marketing hype). Given this, I thought I’d take a quick tyre-kicker’s look around some of the non-Skoda wheels in the UCI WorldTour car pool.
(The irony of course is that when fully laden with team bikes, the gear on the roofracks is often worth considerably more than the car underneath it).
Team Sky: Jaguar
You have to give Sky credit. Pretty much every part of their set-up oozes class, including their team cars. When not cruising around in their mega-buses, Mr Brailford’s men in black can be found behind the wheels of the super sexy Jaguar wagon, the XF Sportsbrake, which made its first appearance at the 2012 Tour. In addition to the cars themselves, Jag also provides advanced driver training to all of the Sky Sports Directors so they can preserve energy and have a clear state of mind to make key tactical decisions whilst driving.
No, despite the logo on their backsides, the GreenEDGE boys don’t cruise around in Jayco caravans. Whilst not having quite the same reputation or swagger as the Sky silvertails in their Jags, Subaru seems a perfect fit for this down-to-earth Aussie team. Strong and reliable without being too up itself. Personally, I’ve always loved Subaru, and even owned a Liberty wagon myself for a few years. All wheel-drive delivers great road holding and they’re certainly not short of torque. I’m pretty fond of the XV, which seems to be the wagon of choice for a lot of Aussie cyclists these days. Sadly, I don’t have the money for a new car right now, or I might just buy one.
Cannondale Pro Cycling: Citroen
Did you know the first car to drive around Australia was a Citroen? It’s true. Which is pretty much irrelevant to Cannondale Pro Cycling, but a neat bit of trivia all the same. Whilst the team has Italian roots, you won’t find a Fiat or Ferrari in the team garage. Instead the men in lime green have a fleet of quirky French Citroen C5 Tourers at their disposal. Citroen has a bit of reputation for being a polarising brand. Some people love them. Some people hate them. Which when you think about it seems a pretty good match for a team with Mr Sagan in it.
The team of reigning Giro champion, Vincenzo Nibali, drives VWs. Which let’s face it, are just more expensive versions of Skodas, right?