Monday, June 28, 2021

The Tour de France Live Tracking Map

The Tour de France Live Tracking is the official Tour de France live tracking map which allows you to follow the world's premier cycle race in real-time on an interactive map. The map shows the live position of the front of the race the peloton and the back of the race. 

A yellow line shows the stage route of the race on the map. If you zoom in on the markers on the map you can view them moving in real-time. These numbered markers are colored to show you where the yellow, red polka dot and green jerseys are currently located.You can also click on these markers to view the individual riders in each group. 

If you click on the small inset altitude map you can view live data from the race. This data includes the current time difference between the front of the race and the peloton, the distance left in the race, the average speed and the current weather conditions. This live data view includes a real-time commentary stream, which provides real-time overview highlights from the race.

Le Monde has created a fascinating map showing how often the Tour de France has visited each département in France. How Many Times has the Tour de France Visited Your Département? provides a choropleth view of the départements most used in the world's greatest bike race.

This map includes a timeline tool which allows you to view the tour's favorite locations for any period in the race's history. As you can see in the screenshot above (showing every year of the Tour de France) the départements around the edge of France tend to see the Tour de France more than the départements in the country's interior.

This pattern was even more pronounced in the earliest years of the Tour de France. Adjust the timeline on the map to view the first ten years of the race (1903-1913) and that ring around the external border of France is even more pronounced.

The two départements which have been most ignored by the Tour de France don't actually feature on this map. The two départements on the island of Corsica have only seen the race once, when it visited in 2013. The least visited département on the mainland of France is Indre, which has only featured in 8 of the 104 Tour de France races.

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