Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What I'll be watching in July... Le Tour day by day

Apart from the usual coverage there are some websites below worth keeping an eye on, especially if you otherwise miss (or can't get) the live TV coverage.

Tour de France 2010 - The Tour 2010
Stage Type Date Start and Finish Distance Details
P Prologue Saturday 3 July Rotterdam > Rotterdam 8.9 km
1 Plain Sunday 4 July Rotterdam > Bruxelles 223.5 km
2 Hilly Monday 5 July Bruxelles > Spa 201 km
3 Plain Tuesday 6 July Wanze > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 213 km
4 Plain Wednesday 7 July Cambrai > Reims 153.5 km
5 Plain Thursday 8 July Épernay > Montargis 187.5 km
6 Plain Friday 9 July Montargis > Gueugnon 227.5 km
7 Medium mountains Saturday 10 July Tournus > Station des Rousses 165.5 km
8 High Mountains Sunday 11 July Station des Rousses > Morzine-Avoriaz 189 km
R Rest Day Monday 12 July Morzine-Avoriaz
9 High Mountains Tuesday 13 July Morzine-Avoriaz > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 204.5 km
10 Medium mountains Wednesday 14 July Chambéry > Gap 179 km
11 Plain Thursday 15 July Sisteron > Bourg-lès-Valence 184.5 km
12 Hilly Friday 16 July Bourg-de-Péage > Mende 210.5 km
13 Plain Saturday 17 July Rodez > Revel 196 km
14 High Mountains Sunday 18 July Revel > Ax 3 Domaines 184.5 km
15 High Mountains Monday 19 July Pamiers > Bagnères-de-Luchon 187.5 km
16 High Mountains Tuesday 20 July Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau 199.5 km
R Rest Day Wednesday 21 July Pau
17 High Mountains Thursday 22 July Pau > Col du Tourmalet 174 km
18 Plain Friday 23 July Salies-de-Béarn > Bordeaux 198 km
19 Individual time-trial Saturday 24 July Bordeaux > Pauillac 52 km
20 Plain Sunday 25 July Longjumeau > Paris Champs-Élysées 102.5 km

Tour de France Live Video Streaming, Photos, Results - Guide to Pro Cycling Live Race Coverage - Watch Cycling TV |

Tour de France Live Streaming Video - The Guide to Pro Cycling Live Race Coverage - Watch Cycling TV - Photos, results, wallpaper, news, commentary

2010 Tour de France Route Map, Stages, Preview, Updates, Etape du Tour
2010 Interactive Maps and Google Earth file
June 21 update: Interactive stage maps with associated kml and gpx files for each stage and an overall kmz Google Earth file are now available. See the 'preview' links in the race summary table (right) for the interactive stage maps, kml and gpx files
Tour de France 2010 route mapped - Podium Cafe
Tour de France 2010 route mapped
Swisscheese_tiny by tedvdw on Jun 21, 2010 11:36 AM EDT Comment 42 comments

The Tour organisation traditionally provides quite some detail on the route they are taking, as they did for the 2010 route. I was able to use that info to map all of the 21 stages (including the prologue in Rotterdam, Netherlands) via the Bikemap mapping service. Quite an enjoyable process for me and of course I learned a lot about the route. For instance, stage 18 to Bordeaux looked deadly boring on first glance, but it turns out they just about take the smallest roads of the whole Tour that day. Probably beautiful to ride there yourself! After the jump I embedded the map for possibly decisive stage 15 to Bagnères-de-Luchon (Edit: alas, that didn't work!), linked to the other stages and put up an all-in-one download link for use in Google Earth.