The Tour de France ended last Sunday, coinciding with Nelson Mandela Day. The day has always been a special day for us. To end this year’s race, racing on the most famous road in cycling, the Champs Elysées, in the sport’s most famous event, on Mandela’s birthday, was incredible.
Orange is the colour of Mandela Day, and it’s also the colour of harmony. We once again put some detail onto our bikes that reflected this message, and I want to thank all of our partners for sharing in this special moment.
To live in harmony is to accept yourself and others as they are, having the strength to follow your dreams and seeing the positive aspects in any situation, a lesson we have carried with us throughout this year’s Tour, especially through the trying times.
I want to wish all our athletes competing at the Olympics the best of luck. It is indeed a special event, one which unites the world and truly showcases the power sport has in changing the world.
We're looking forward to getting the next block of racing underway, one which will bring with it new goals and aspirations for us.
International Mandela Day, which is on the 18 of July every year, celebrates the life of former South African president, Nelson Mandela.
This year Mandela Day fell on the final stage of Le Tour, and so for the first time ever, we got to celebrate it on the Champs-Elysee, in Paris!
Our team has always had the honour of celebrating this day at the Tour de France each year, most famously during our debut Le Tour when Steve Cummings won on Mandela Day in 2015.To commemorate the day, we add a splash of orange to our livery, as orange is the official colour of Mandela Day and also the colour of harmony.
"Take action. Inspire change, make everyday a Mandela Day."
Orange is the colour of Mandela Day, and it’s also the colour of harmony, a message we hold close to our hearts as a team. You can view our full gallery here.
8 riders might start the race, but 22 support staff are on the ground with the team and another 50 odd staff and 19 other riders all contribute to ensure we reach the Champs-Elysees in Paris.