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Super-luxurious VDL coach for Vacansoleil-DCM

During the UITP Mobility & City Transport exhibition, which took place in Dubai from 10 to 13 April 2011, VDL Bus & Coach was presented with the UITP Sustainable Development Charter. VDL Bus & Coach meets all the criteria established by the UITP, and, with the signing of this certificate, has now obtained official recognition for the contribution the company is making to sustainable development. In addSince 1 May 2011 the racings cyclists for Vacansoleil-DCM have been travelling in a new super-luxurious VDL coach. Theirs is a Jonckheere JSD-122 with a length of 12 metres that comfortably accommodates 12 cyclists. VDL has previously also delivered special coaches for the Rabobank, Telecom, Discovery Channel, Unibet and Cofidis cycling teams.tion to VDL Bus & Coach, another 7 large bus manufacturers have received this certificate.

Special version
The VDL Jonckheere has been fully customised to meet the wishes of Vacansoleil-DCM, including changes to the number of hatches, door position, type of doors, inside height and toilet location. One of the requirements was that the coach should be high enough so the bicycles can be stowed in the baggage compartment. The vehicle is also equipped with a generator, inverters and extra batteries that allow the climate control system and the audio and video equipment to function independently. In other words: it is not necessary to keep the engine running to use this equipment.



The cyclists are pampered with every luxury: the bus is equipped with a shower, toilet, kitchen with microwave oven, refrigerator, freezer and espresso machine, six TV screens, eight luxurious seats and a lounge area. As a special consideration for the fans there is even a television screen hanging inside one of the windows, facing out so fans at the start and finish can watch live footage of the current stage. Special extendible sunshades on the roof ensure there is sufficient contrast even in bright sunlight.

Vacansoleil-DCM
Vacansoleil-DCM is a Dutch road race cycling team that joined the professional circuit in 2009. The team began competing in the UCI World Tour in 2011. UCI (English: International Cycling Union) is the top international organisation for race cycling. During the previous years the team competed in the pro-continental circuits. On Monday 22 November 2010 the announcement was made that starting in 2011 Vacansoleil-DCM would participate in the UCI World Tour, the highest division in the cycling sport. The licence is valid for three years.

Valkenswaard, August 2011


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Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

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