Isle of Man:Vendish MBE Stamp Issue

\"\"The fastest man on two wheels, cycling star Mark Cavendish MBE, will literally come to life on paper thanks to technology featured on a set of stamps being produced by Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate the athlete‟s sporting achievements.A souvenir sheet of the stamps (available from June 30thto coincide with start of Tour de France) will include an „augmented reality‟ feature, allowing the £1.05 stamp with a special label come to life using an app on a smartphone, tablet screen or other mobile device and will automatically display a video of Cavendish winning the world title in Copenhagen.The postage stamps include images of the „Manx Missile‟ winning the 2011 UCI Road World Championshipsand the Green Jersey in the 2011 Tour de France. The 41 pence stamp shows Mark‟s first victory as a professional at the 2007 Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen in Belgium while racing for T-Mobile. In 2009, Cavendish produced a thrilling sprint finish to snatch victory in Italy‟s MilanSan Remo classic from Germany‟s Heinrich Haussler – and this win is illustrated on the 65 pence stamp. The 71 pence stamp shows Cavendish wearing the Green Jersey at the end of the 2011 Tour de France – he is the first rider from Britain or the Isle of Man ever to win the Green Jersey for the winner of the Tour‟s points classification. The £1.05 stamp shows him resplendent in the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion. Mark signed for Team Sky in the autumn of 2011 and the £1.16 stamp features an image of him winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in Belgium in February 2012. Cavendish also features on a 50 pence coin minted by Pobjoy Mint in the UK, on behalf of the Isle of Man Government, which will be in general circulation as well as in special celebration packs.Geoff Corkish MHK MBE, Chairman of the Isle of Man Post Office, said: “This is a unique issue which will appeal to cycling fans and stamp collectors alike. Mark is a marvelous ambassador for the Isle of Man and for his sport and I‟m delighted that his greatest victories are celebrated in this prestigious first edition stamp issue which has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen. His tremendous achievements in recent years have done a great deal to promote the Isle of Man around the world and the stamp issue is just one example of the pride the Isle of Man has for all of his achievements. Technical Details Issue Date: 19.06.2012 Designer: Ruth Sutherland Printer: Lowe-Martin Process: Offset lithography Values: 38p, 41p, 65p, 71p, 80p, 105p, 116p

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