Maybe some of you do like cycling, and those who do are likely following the Tour de France every year. I found a live tracker that displays every stage of the Tour de France on a map for you to follow.That's an excellent option if you do not have a television nearby but want to follow the tour anyway, for instance while you are at work or traveling.
When you load the web app you will see all stages of the tour displayed on a map of Europe. You can then click on a stage to open a detailed view of that stage on the map. Shown on the map are of course start and end of the current stage as well as information about mountain and sprint stations along the way.
You are also able to track to display drivers position on the map and see information about heart beat, driving speed, stress factor, distance, power and current position. I'm not sure how this data is tracked but it surely looks interesting.
Update: The live tracker is a Google Maps mashup that has been last used to provide users with information about the Tour de France 2010. It appears as if the maintainers of the project did not update their service for the 2011 Tour de France, and it is not clear if they will skip the Tour de France 2012 as well, or if they start to update their mashup once again once the tour starts.
It is still some time before that though, as the tour starts on June 30, 2012 this year and ends on July, 22. It looks however as if the developers of the project have decided to abandon it.
Update: It is now 2013 and the live tracker website for the Tour de France has not been updated for the past year. It is fair to assume that the project is dead now.Advertisement
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.