Thursday, September 3, 2020

Complex Logistics for Tour de France Remain with Long Time Transport Partner

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FRANCE – Once again this year XPO Logistics, formerly of course as Norbert Dentressangle, is handling the transport demands for the Tour de France making it the 40th consecutive year it has done so. A team of 68 XPO drivers is piloting 52 trucks for 3,479 kilometres, moving over 420 tonnes of cargo along the course.

The contract makes XPO directly responsible for ensuring that barriers, gates, course paint, furniture, audio-visual equipment and other supplies are transported from stage to stage, on time and in good condition, and this in a year when the pandemic has largely hamstrung such events. Luis Gomez, managing director, transport - Europe, XPO Logistics, said:

“We’re thrilled to be marking four decades with the Tour de France. XPO’s support of A.S.O. is at a record level for this year’s race, we’ll have more trucks and drivers moving cargo more safely than ever before, with greener operations. Our service to the Tour is a source of pride for everyone at XPO.”

A rescheduled Tour meant all drivers being safety trained and equipped with masks, sanitising gel, disinfectants and a manual of safety procedures, legislation laid out by the French government which was keen for the prestigious event, a symbol to the world, to go ahead despite the potential problems.

The safety procedures were arrived at after consultation with event organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) which last year awarded XPO a contract extension through 2024. With one eye on the future this will also be the first year that XPO will use two natural gas-powered trucks from its eco-friendly fleet for the final arrival at the Champs-Élysées finish line. The rest of the Tour will rely on the support of XPO fleet of Euro 6 trucks. Jean-Luc Duplantier, logistic director of A.S.O. commented:

“In these demanding times, we have the best possible transport partner on our team. XPO’s commitment to health and safety has been evident since the start of their planning process five months ago. Their solutions have risen to the challenge, and we are once again bringing the Tour de France to over ten million fans worldwide.”