Follow The Tour De France Online

by Admin on July 3, 2009

6a00d8341cb24853ef011570b73997970c-320wiIt's July 3rd and tomorrow the biggest cycling (read sporting) event of the year kicks off, the Tour de France. You will be able to follow the Tour on ITV with both live cycling and highlights (mainly the latter I believe) and on digital you can catch live cycling on Eurosport.

However, in this digital world we like to be able to get our information from the Internet and to this end Wired magazine has come up with a fairly good list of where you can get your Tour de France fixes for the next few weeks. The web page is actually a Wiki so expect it to change as the days go by - hopefully getting better and better!
With regards video, here are their recommendations:

The most comprehensive lists of links can be found at the Cyclingfans and Steephill.tv websites. The folks there post many video streaming options, and the list is updated several times a day.

We'd also recommend keeping the Eurosport France video page and the France2.tv page bookmarked. The feeds are popular, so they tend to work only intermittently, but the French networks are usually more reliable than those from Italy or Germany.

They also have a few links from where you can get streaming live video of the Tour de France.
If you fancy just listening to the races, whilst you carry on with your work, try out the live audio that can be found on eurosport.yahoo.com.
Aside from the obvious websites like letour.fr or Eurosport, you can find websites like Cyclingnews.com, Pez Cycling News and Bicycle.net which have dedicated and comprehensive Tour coverage with live reports, news, videos and rider interviews.
If you want interactive maps, then head over to the Google Earth blog where you can check out the roads the riders will be travelling along. For those who are a little more keen:

MapMyRide.com also has interactive maps of the Tour de France that anyone can download and ride. MapMyRide is also running a contest that lets you measure your own performance on your local roads against the actual stages the pros are riding each day in France.

Want to know what is happening to your favourite riders and teams throughout the day, then head over to Twitter:

And finally if you fancy a flutter, why not try these out:

If you're the wagering type, you can bet on stage winners or overall winners in each category (GC, KOM, Points and young rider) on most major sports betting sites. Stick to the reputable ones like Sportbet and Pinnaclesports.com.

If I come across more I will try and update this page. I hope you enjoy Le Tour 2009!

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