Once again, Thomas Vergouwen is the first to send GEB the complete tracks for the 2009 Tour de France for viewing in Google Earth. The organizers did not release the full details on the routes of the stages until recently, so it took longer then usual for maps to be created. The race begins this Saturday – July 4th. Thomas describes the situation and provides lots of details on each stage of the race at his web site, and he provides both Google Maps and the Google Earth file on the routes.
Viewing the Tour de France routes in Google Earth is one of my favorite examples of the power of Google Earth. With GE’s 3D terrain, you can tilt your view and truly get a feeling of how challenging this race really is – even if you have never been to see it in person. Just load Thomas’ file for the 2009 Tour de France in GE . Then, make sure you tilt your view I’m hoping there will be some more real-time tracking this year that will let you watch the position of some of the racers in Google Earth as they go along.