This year’s Tour de France trophy has a striking look inspired by the art of crystal making. The trophy is made in the style of Czech cubism, and the influence of digital design is visible. ŠKODA design department has been credited with creating the trophy for the winner of the Tour de France since 2011.
When the participants of the 107th Tour de France race reach the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris on September 20, the winners of the individual classifications will also be announced. This year, for the tenth year in a row, ŠKODA Design Department was responsible for creating trophies for the winners.
ŠKODA AUTO designer Peter Olah emphasises: “Traditional Bohemian crystal art once again inspired us this year in designing the trophies for the winners of the Tour de France. The minimalist geometric pattern gives the impression that the trophy is growing out of itself. We have been designing the cups since 2011, and they have become a true hallmark of the Tour de France.”
This year, trophies 60 centimeters high and weighing four kilograms made of green and transparent glass are characterized by rectangular patterns that grow from the bottom to the top. Both Czech Cubism and the personal interpretation of the artist’s digital design provided inspiration for this unique design.
The precise finishing of a detailed geometric pattern requires the steady hand of experienced glass cutters. The results are real works of art created by the Czech company Lasvit in collaboration with ŠKODA AUTO designer Peter Olah. When viewed through glass, the refraction of light creates a fascinating spectacle of intersecting lines, which is enhanced by the interaction of light and shadow.
Tour de France, the 107th in a row, began with the Grand Départ in the southern French coastal city of Nice on August 29th. When approximately 180 drivers cross the finish line on September 20, they will complete 21 stages, covering a total of 3,470 kilometers, which includes plain and mountain, as well as mountain stages and an individual chronometer.
This year, for the 17th time, ŠKODA AUTO is the official partner of the Tour de France. The Czech carmaker provides up to 250 vehicles for organizing and managing races and is a sponsor of the green jersey for the leader in points classification.