Well, with the USA soccer (futbol) team exiting the FIFA World Cup for 2010 my attention gets focused elsewhere. Enter, Le Tour de France. Le Tour de France runs from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010. The 97th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,642 kilometers. I was looking at Le Tour de France site and they have this PDF route map – a bit antiquated. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you might want to check out the Bing 2010 Tour de France map app for a better experience.
Fans of cycling’s best known tour, the Tour de France, can now preview the course and check the standing of their favorite teams! During this three-week long event each stage is displayed on the map along with pushpins to indicate the start and finish. Various waypoints, such as the feed zones and hill climbs are included. Displayed along the top of the map is an interactive profile for which a user can see elevation and slope changes for the selected stage. The stage description and weather prediction are shown in the “Stages” tab on the left panel. Fans can view daily results in the “Results” tab.
A little better than the PDF. Arguably the best experience is in Bird’s Eye view (enhanced). We’ve reprojected the ortho photos to provide a unique visual context; however, that combined with the elevation information gives you a great feel for just how tough these hills really are.
Side note, if you’re team is still in the FIFA World Cup you can still follow the action with the Bing World Cup map app or find your fellow international peeps with the Bing Home Turf Finder map app.
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