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Changes in the sponsors of the Tour de France

Added: sunday 13 April 2008 at 0:36:00
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    Changes in the sponsors of the Tour de FranceAt a little bit less than 3 months before the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2008 in Brest a few changes have been announced concerning the official sponsors of the Tour ... I announced it a week ago already: Nestlé Aquarel is no longer the Tour's official water supplier and Grand'Mere will no longer distribute its coffee ...

    UPDATE 25 April 2008: recently Culture Vélo has joined the Tour de France as an official supplier (read)

    On the blog Orange dans le Tour on which I give a look behind the scenes of the Tour de France for Orange I announced it yesterday already, but unfortunately I didn't find the time to publish a blog post here ... that has now been solved :-).

    The Tour de France will have a new official water supplier

    Nestlé Waters announced yesterday that the company will replace the Nestlé Aquarel brand in the Tour by Vittel. Nestlé Aquarel was the Tour de France official water supplier since 2001 and since 2003 also the sponsor of the stage winner.

    For Vittel the Tour de France is not completely new since the brand has already been part of the Tour advertising caravan at the end of the 60s. Vittel will probably have more or less the same presence in the Tour as Nestlé Aquarel had so far with the brand being visible in the 25 last kilometers of each of the stages and on the arrival arch in addition to the sponsoring of the stage winner. Vittel will thus take Nestlé Aquarel's place in the Club du Tour de France (the most important Tour sponsors).

    This means we'll loose the clown, the doctor, the newly-weds and the crazy fireman in het Nestlé Aquarel advertising caravan, but Vittel might come with a few nice surprises as well for the people watching the Tour on the side of the road!
    Concerning those surprises, Nestlé Waters' general manager Denis Cans said "We will (...) improve our distribution process along the roads in France during the race with some animations which will be even more interactive with the crowd"

    There might by the way be a stop of the Tour in the Vosges region in 2009, with especially two important cities for Nestlé Waters: Vittel and Contrexéville.

    After the announcement of the brand change during the 50th congress of the Union de Journalistes Sportifs de France (UJSF), Nestlé Waters' vice president Hubert Genieys declared: "In addition to the commercial interests the arrival of Vittel in the Tour de France also shows the trust and the support the Nestlé Waters group has in the organiser of the Grande Boucle, for the courage, the determination and serious approach they have in the tough fight for a clean Tour".

    I didn't count the number of Nestlé Aquarel bottles I drank during the Tour de France 2007, but I do know now I will have to get used to the Vittel taste this year (but that probably won't be a real problem, because with the nice weather you can drink almost anything ;-)).

    Grand'Mère's Tour-adventure is over as well and the replacement is not coffee only

    The change in official water supplier is not the only drink providers change for the Tour de France: the Grand'Mère coffee will no longer be there to wake up the people working in the advertising caravan and those of the other Tour de France sponsors and their invitees ... This heavy task will now be taken up by Ricoré, a hot drink which is made up of coffee for 40% and of chicory for 60%.

    The site Prodimarques contains an interesting article on the history of the brand which has always been used for one single product only.
    The brand's advertising caravan might mean a revival of the song about l'ami Ricoré on the roads of the Tour de France: "Le soleil vient de se lever, grand-père et grand-mère sont passés pour l'ami Ricoré, l'ami du petit déjeuner, l'ami Ricoré. Que l'on soit grand ou bien petit, à chaque âge il est notre ami, l'ami du petit déjeuner, l'ami Ricoré." (or one of its many variants) ...

    Ideactif is probably working hard already on the advertising caravans for Vittel and Ricoré, both part of the Nestlé group.

    Vittel's contract probably is a continuation of Nestlé Aquarel's existing contract which lasts 2 years (2008 and 2009).

    Other changes in the Tour de France sponsors

    Nestlé replaces the Nestlé Aquarel brand by Vittel and adds the Ricoré brand, but it will also remove the Nestlé Extrême brand from the Tour ... Too bad, because it had almost become a ritual for me to eat an ice cream at the stage finish in the VIP room (espace Tourmalet).

    The other brands which will no longer be part of the Tour:
    - Eurotyre
    - Grand'Mère (see above)
    - Isover
    - SeaFrance: which is logical because this was more of less an opportunity sponsor because of the transfer between France and UK for last year's Tour de France
    - ADEME (Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie)

    La Vache Qui Rit has been added to the list of official suppliers. The cheese brand has been part of the Tour's advertising caravan (see also my blog post on my day in the La Vache Qui Rit's advertising caravan at the Tour de France 2006), but it will now thus also become an official supplier.

    Finally, two of the Tour sponsors have changed their name: AG2R Prévoyance has become AG2R La Mondiale (see also my blog post about the AG2R La Mondiale 2008 cycling team presentation) and Sodexho has lost its h to become Sodexo.

    The full list of Tour de France sponsors

    • The official broadcasters
      France 2 France 3 France 4
    • The members of the Club du Tour de France

      - Vittel
      Vittel
      Vittel will become the Tour de France's official water supplier and sponsors the stage winner.

      On Vittel's web site there's no specific Tour de France content yet.

      - Champion
      Champion
      Official Tour de France super market and sponsor of the polka dot jersey.

      Champion didn't update its special page about the Tour de France on its website since the Tour de France 2007.

      The Dutch site Distrifood has published an article about the disappearance of the Champion brand to be taken over by the Carrefour brand (with a link to my site!)

      - LCL
      LCL
      The Tour de France bank will not take its mobile ATM this year ... therefore we'll have to get our money before going to the Tour.

      LCL is the sponsor of the yellow jersey and its web site so far only contains a page with some generic information about the Tour de France 2008 ... they'll just have to update the map and the track ;-)

      - Skoda
      Skoda
      The supplier of most of the cars in the Tour de France (for the organisation and for a big number of cycling teams) has extended its contract with the Tour until 2011 and its website currently doesn't really contain any other information than this announcement.
    • The official sponsors

      - Orange
      Orange
      Orange will again supply all communication services for the Tour and the blog Orange dans le Tour will again give a look behind the scenes of the Tour de France.
      Orange dans le Tour


      - PMU
      PMU
      PMU is the sponsor of the green jersey

      - Nike
      Nike


      - Festina
      Festina
      Pascal will again write some stories on the Festina blog (the design could be better, but anyway ...)

      - CSC
      CSC
      This Tour might well be CSC's last year, since CSC announced it will stop sponsoring cycling

      - Sagem
      Sagem
      Sagem's logo will again be on all riders' number and Sagem also sponsors the team ranking.

      - Brandt
      Brandt


      - AG2R La Mondiale
      AG2R La Mondiale


      - Antargaz
      Antargaz
      Antargaz has a specific page on the Tour de France, but this page hasn't been updated since the Tour de France 2007 either
    • The environment partners

      - Eco Emballages
      Eco Emballages


      - ARPE MIP (Agence Régionale Pour l'Environnement Midi-Pyrénées)
      ARPE MIP
    • The official suppliers

      - Cochonou
      Cochonou
      Adeline will probably again write some stories about Cochonou's 2CVs on the Cochonou et Vous blog

      - Doublet
      Doublet


      - Dr. Oetker
      Dr. Oetker


      - Etap Hotel
      Etap Hotel
      Yet another sponsor which didn't update its page on the Tour de France since last year

      - Haribo
      Haribo


      - Kawasaki
      Kawasaki


      - Mavic
      Mavic


      - Nesquik
      Nesquik


      - Norbert Dentressangle
      Norbert Dentressangle


      - Powerbar
      Powerbar


      - Ricoré
      Ricoré


      - sodexo
      sodexo


      - La Vache Qui Rit
      La Vache Qui Rit


      - Vision Plus
      Vision Plus


      - Culture Vélo
      Culture Vélo


      Culture VéloUPDATE 25 April 2008: since a few days Culture Vélo has joined the Tour de France as an official supplier.
      More precisely, Culture Vélo is part of the Cycloparc, an activity zone around cycling within the A chacun son Tour programme. Culture Vélo, a bike shop, participates in the Cycloparc with a stand Security and a stand ECOcyclist.

      A dedicated page explains Culture Vélo's role in the Cycloparc.
    • Les partenaires techniques

      - Kleber
      Kleber


      - Motorhome Rent
      Motorhome Rent


      - Doublet
      Doublet


      - Petit Ambulances
      Petit Ambulances
    • The government partners

      - Assemblée des Départements de France
      Assemblée des Départements de France


      - Ministère de l'Intérieur
      Ministère de l'Intérieur

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Goedemrgen Thomas,
    Erg informatief om de namen van de sponsors van de Tour te vermelden. Ziet er schitterend uit met die emblemen.
    Met vriendelijke groeten,

    Henk Scholten (de landmeter uit Beuningen)

    | Henk Scholten | sunday 13 April 2008 at 6:42:00

  2. Hallo Henk!

    Leuk om te zien dat mijn blog op prijs gesteld wordt!
    Het geeft een kleurrijk geheel inderdaad met al die logootjes zo bij elkaar.

    Ik kan haast niet wachten tot ik begin juli er in Brest weer bij zal zijn :-).

    Groeten,
    Thomas

    | Thomas Vergouwen | monday 14 April 2008 at 0:17:09

  3. Dommage pour café grand mère !Depuis le temps qu elle était sur le Tour !!Et puis vue son age c était temps qu elle raccroche le vélo !! hihihi ciao a+

    | Liserois | sunday 20 April 2008 at 8:48:14

  4. Alors que Cunego remportait l Amstel Gold Race ,chez moi au Rhone Alpes Isère Tour c est Derangère de Dijon qui l emportait devant Vogondy d Agritubel. A+ THOMAS

    | Liserois | tuesday 22 April 2008 at 7:07:35

  5. Alors que Cunego remportait l Amstel Gold Race ,chez moi au Rhone Alpes Isère Tour c est Derangère de Dijon qui l emportait devant Vogondy d Agritubel. A+ THOMAS

    | Liserois | tuesday 22 April 2008 at 7:07:39

  6. Thomas, sur le site du Tour, en partie partenaires, il y a un nouveau sponsor CULTURE VELO qui ne figurait pas les années précédentes. Autre info glanée sur la toile, EUROTYRE ne ferait pas la caravane cette année. De ton côté, as-tu une liste des sponsors caravane cette semaine, s'il te plaît.
    Bonne Flèche Walonne à toutes et à tous.

    | JP | wednesday 23 April 2008 at 11:14:02

  7. Thomas, sur le site du Tour, en partie partenaires, il y a un nouveau sponsor CULTURE VELO qui ne figurait pas les années précédentes. Autre info glanée sur la toile, EUROTYRE ne ferait pas la caravane cette année. De ton côté, as-tu une liste des sponsors caravane cette semaine, s'il te plaît.
    Bonne Flèche Walonne à toutes et à tous.

    | JP | wednesday 23 April 2008 at 11:14:17

  8. Bien vu JP !

    Culture Vélo a été ajouté en tant que fournisseur officiel après la publication de cet article, mais je viens donc de le mettre à jour avec cette info ...

    Pour la liste des marques dans la caravane publicitaire ça va être difficile ... j'ai eu une semaine très (trop) chargée et je pars en vacances demain matin. Je pense que le mieux est donc que tu appelles A.S.O. directement au 01.41.33.14.00.

    J'ai d'ailleurs un truc pour toi mais j'ai pas eu le temps encore de t'envoyer un mail ... n'hésite pas à m'y faire penser si tu n'as rien reçu de ma part d'ici lundi !

    | Thomas Vergouwen | friday 25 April 2008 at 23:52:38

  9. Est-ce que quelq'un sait si les sponsors pour 2010 ont ete decidée?

    | Mark | friday 11 September 2009 at 10:39:54

  10. Est ce que quelqu'un pourrait me dire la différence qu'il y a entre les partenaires officiels et les fournisseurs officiels du Tour de France?? Qui d'entre eux est présent sur la caravane publicitaire? (J'ai un exposé de communication qui porte sur ce sujet) Merci!

    | Masha | monday 10 May 2010 at 17:50:51

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