The model has been provided to the taskforce by ŠKODA in preparation for next year’s world-renowned cycling race.
The ŠKODA Octavia vRS Estate was chosen by the three-man squad from West Yorkshire Police, who form part of the Regional Police Planning Team. It was selected thanks to its exceptional combination of space, performance, and versatility. The new addition to the fleet will be used in the first instance to transport surveying equipment as the Planning Team maps out the route to be followed by cyclists in the 2014 Tour de France. The Octavia vRS Estate will then be deployed to support the competition which starts in Leeds on 05th July. The opening stages will take in some of the most picturesque and iconic areas of ‘God’s Own County’.
Inspector Terry Murgatroyd, Operations Support Services, West Yorkshire Police commented: “We are very grateful to be working in partnership with ŠKODA UK and for its support of British policing in the run-up to this world-class event.
“The availability of this vehicle will make our job much easier as it will enhance our flexibility to attend meetings and events across the region and the country.”
Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director for ŠKODA UK commented: “As a brand, ŠKODA is heavily involved in the support of cycling events across the UK and Europe. The Grand Depart brings the world’s most-watched cycling race to the North of England for the first time and we are proud to see our award-winning vehicle playing a crucial part in its success. We’re certain that its class-leading load capacity, spacious interior and high performance engine will make the Octavia vRS a real asset to the Regional Tour de France Planning Team.”
ŠKODA has a long association with cycling, dating back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic. The manufacturer provides vehicles to the Tour de France and the Tour of Britain, as well as other major cycling races across the world.
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