Today’s technology offers a multitude of ways for fans to monitor, track, watch and even interact with the 97th edition of the Tour de France that started on 3 July in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and will conclude along the Champs-Elysées on 25 July in Paris, France.
Here are our suggestions.
Cyclingnews.com and Bikeradar.com
Cyclingnews and BikeRadar offer fans and viewers an unrivaled online experience. Cyclingnews offers to-the-minute live coverage, comprehensive race reports, stage profiles, latest news and interviews, forums, photos galleries along with a full list of accurate daily results that rank the riders of each stage, overall, mountains, points, best young rider and team classifications. BikeRadar offers additional tech reviews, race recap and photo galleries to enhance the experience.
HTC-Columbia partners with Google to track the Tour
For those who want to analyze Mark Cavendish’s stage winning sprint or Michael Rogers as he climbs through the French-Alps, now you can. The HTC Legend Smartphone with Google’s Android operating system will follow the HTC-Columbia riders during this year’s Tour de France in real-time through the My Tracks mobile application.
The ProTour team’s management company, High Road Sports, and title sponsor HTC partnered with SRM Training System and Google applications My Tracks, Android, Maps, Earth and Street View to bring you a new way of monitoring the peloton's progress in France. These applications will allow viewers to track the riders’ heart rate, power, speed and location during each of the 21 stages.
SRM Training System Telemetry tracking device
SRM Training System offers access to a live telemetry system that will allow viewers to track key riders during the Tour de France. The latest technology will provide real-time data and post-race analysis of riders’ power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude, elevation gains and location information.
SRM tested its telemetry system at this year’s Amgen Tour of California and the Giro d’Italia, both held in May. Teams sponsored by SRM Training System include RadioShack, Astana, Liquigas-Doimo, Milram, Saxo Bank, Sky and HTC-Columbia. The telemetry device will monitor three riders during each stage.
Outside of the US, EuroSport offers daily live coverage of the race to both cable and satellite customers. They also offer a Tour de France channel on EuroSport.com that features stage reports and results, photos, as well as streaming audio and video.
The UK’s broadcast television station ITV4 also offers daily live coverage, which features commentary from Gary Imlach and Chris Boardman. Broadcasts will run roughly 2 hours in length and will be simulcast on ITV.com. Additional stories and video clips will be available online each day.
VERSUS online, on demand and in high-definition
The VERSUS cable channel offers an array viewing options during the Tour de France to suit the needs of cycling fans as the sport gains increasing popularity in the United States of America. This year, the sports cable network will host 14 hours of television coverage each day, available in high definition, and includes real-time GPS tracking.
VERSUS.com offers live online streaming for a one-time fee of $29.95 that includes the GPS “Tour Tracker” which shows where the riders are on the course, time gaps and breakaways.
New this year is the official VERSUS Tour de France iPhone application that is free and compatible with 3.0 and 4.0 phones so that viewers won’t miss out on highlighted video, course profiles, results and twitter updates. The mobile application can be upgraded for an additional $14.99 so that viewers can receive live streaming video coverage and access to the full stage via on demand.
The mobile application is available on iTunes and iPhone app stores.
Cyclingnews offers daily chance to win Easton wheels
The Easton-Cyclingnews Wheelset a Day GiveAway gives you 21 chances to try for a prize, but you need to follow our live coverage for your shot.
Easton Cycling has teamed up with Cyclingnews to give you a chance to upgrade your bike in celebration of the Tour de France. Each day, during our live Tour de France coverage we'll ask a trivia question. Answer correctly at our contest page to be entered into the draw for that day’s prize.
World Champion Cadel Evans and US National champion George Hincapie, will push their Easton wheels to the limits each day during the Tour —both ride for Easton-sponsored BMC Racing Team — and Easton has pulled the same models from their line for this giveaway:
- EC90 Aero wheelsets on flat stages
- EC90 SL on hilly stages
- EC90 SLX wheelsets for mountaintop finishes
- EC90 TT wheelsets during time trial stages
Each day gives you a fresh chance to win a wheelset from Easton. At the end of the Tour one daily entrant will be randomly selected to win the Grand Prize; a set of Easton EC90 wheels right off Cadel Evans’ race bike.
Fi’zi:k’s 21 Chances to win yellow
Fi’zi:k is giving away 21 Limited Edition Team Replica Yellow Arione CX saddles and handlebar kits during the 21 stages of the 97th Tour de France.
fi'zi:k's special edition Team Replica Yellow TdF saddle and tape package is up for grabs
To win, go directly to fi'zi:k's home page and click on the link indicating Win a Stage of the Tour de France. Each morning a winner will be randomly selected from registered participants at fi’zi:k’s Pozzoleone HeadQuarters. Register by midnight (Paris time) to qualify to win that day’s stage. If you’re watching the early morning broadcasts in North America, you can register while watching for the chance to win the day’s stage. At the end of the 21 stages, ten additional names will be selected to receive a special :K consolation prize.
The Team Replica Arione CX k:ium Limited Edition Kit sells for $190 and includes fi’zi:k’s Arione CX – in a limited edition matte yellow and matte/glossy yellow split handlebar tape.