US-based automotive company Ford has become the official car supplier to Team Sky.
The British cycling team have inked a two-year deal with the carmaker, which will see Ford supply them with a fleet of vehicles at all events until 2019, beginning with next month's Tour de France.
To mark the deal, Ford unveiled a special Tour de France edition of its Focus RS, which carries Team Sky's white livery. The car will also be used as the time trial and recon vehicle during the tour.
“We’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Ford - a company with the same principles of tackling challenges that we at Team Sky have,” said team principal Sir David Brailsford. “Ford vehicles play a vital role for Team Sky and their knowledge and support makes them an integral part of our team.”
The 2017 Tour de France begins on 1st July in the German city of Dusseldorf. Team Sky's Chris Froome has won the previous two editions of the Tour and is among the favourites to claim victory again this year.