One of my favorite things about July is the Tour de France. I have been disappointed with the doping scandals over the last few years. But the competition is still fantastic: Three weeks of riding, over 2,000 miles, up and down mountains.
It was great watching the surge of power this morning from Alejandro Valverde as he flew past Kim Kirchen to win today’s stage and win the first yellow jersey. If you want to root for Americans, there are two US based teams this year: Slipstream Sport’s Garmin-Chipolte and High Road Sport’s Team Columbia.
Wired Magazine put together a collection of materials on How to Follow The Tour Online. Last year I preferred the online coverage from VeloNews. We generally take advantage of the DVR and replay the coverage from Versus at night. The DVR also allows me to fast forward through some of the less exciting parts of the race on flat stage days.
Google has put together some special street views of the race course: Tour the Tour de France with Street View