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A couple weeks back we announced that we’d be ‘hiring’ two lucky folks to cover the Tour de France for us from a fan’s perspective. We had hundreds of entries and after the long but enjoyable task of narrowing those entries down to a shortlist, we’ve now selected a winning team.

As is always the case with competitions like these, choosing a winner for the Ultimate Job was very tough. We had some terrific, creative entries and it was a lot of fun going through them all and then discussing, as a team, who we thought would do the best job.

With that in mind, we’re delighted to announce that the winners are: Matt McCullough & Stefano Ferro. Here’s another look at their application:

For those that didn’t pick up the reference (or haven’t seen the original), their video is a parody of a Specialized ad from a few years back:

Matt explains in the video why he and Stefano will do a great job for us:

“Between the two of us we’re a complete media crew with the skills to cover the Tour from two fans’ perspective.”

Matt is a digital media producer with a focus on film. Matt also runs the Melbourne chapter of Bicycles for Humanity and has produced a series of cycling videos to help riders improve their cycling.

Stefano is a photographer whose work can be seen at the Mel365 website, a site featuring inspiration photos of Melbourne.

But it’s not their previous portfolio of work that won them the competition. We weren’t 100% certain of what we were looking for when we went through all the submissions, but I knew that polished and professional work was something that would be difficult to achieve in the environment of the Tour de France. “Raw”, “rough around the edges”, and “engaging” were more realistic words to describe what we were after, and Matt & Stefano had some good chemistry between them.

We’re confident that, together, they’ll be able to capture some amazing content from the Tour de France which they’ll then be able to share with you through CyclingTips. We’ll have more information in the coming weeks about where you can catch Matt and Stefano’s work, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of what each of them has won:

– a spot on a 14-day Tour de France cycling holiday courtesy of Bikestyle Tours
– a large Thule rolling duffle bag
– a Thule duffle day pack
– a Shimano CM-1000 sports camera
– a Giro aeon helmet
– a pair of Giro Empire ACC road shoes
– a pair of Bolle 6th Sense sunglasses
– a pair of Giro Monaco gloves

So please join us in congratulating Matt and Stefano. We can’t wait to see what they come up with at Le Tour and we’re looking forward to sharing their journey here at CyclingTips.

Previous posts about this competition

Score the ultimate job: reporting from the Tour de France for CyclingTips
Cover the Tour de France for CyclingTips: some of the contenders
‘The Ultimate Job’ finalists

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