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Follow the Tour de France with Google Maps


For cycling enthusiasts and Tour De France fans everywhere, Google has
announced the release of a new feature on Google Maps which allows users to
view street-level imagery of the route of this historic road race.

Each of the 21 stages will be clearly marked on the map, taking you on a
journey of more than 3,500 km (2,200 miles), from the coast of Brittany,
around the 21 hairpin bends of the notoriously steep Alpe d'Huez to the
finishing line on the cobbled streets of the Champs Elysees.
The map is available at .com/tourdefrance2008.
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, which haspartnered with
Google on this initiative, comments: "This is a new way for Tour de France
fans to immerse themselves in the race, discovering the podiums where the
winners will stand, or finding a city or route where the peleton will pass.
I am sure the Tour's audience will make use of this surprising feature. I am
very proud that, like the Tour de France, Google Maps is helping to give
visibility to the regions of France."
Ioannis Kalafatis, product manager of Google Maps, says: "We are very
excited to be part of such a great sporting event as the Tour De France, and
to make this event the first launch of our Street View imagery in Europe.
"Street View is a feature of Google Maps that enables users to view and
navigate within 360 degree street level imagery. Today's launch helps make
information on the course route available to fans in a new and exciting
The Tour de France 2008 began on 5 July and will run until 27 July.