Tour de France 2009 in Google Earth

Tour de FranceOnce 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.

Le Tour de France in Google Earth

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. As another viewing option, we have individual google maps of each stage with an option to download each stage kml file for viewing in Google Earth. Each map is accompanied by a detailed stage preview. For example, here’s the Stage 1 Preview translated into multiple languages:
    Previews for all stages can be found under the preview links in the race summary table on our main page:

  2. Tour de France will come to Barcelona this year. I am looking forward to see them.

  3. English translation: “Nice work Thomas! And full details … I extracted the mountain stage Pontarlier-Verbier and I put a little video animation on youtube:

    Joli travail Thomas! Et plein de détails… j’ai extrait l’étape de montagne Pontarlier-Verbier et j’ai mis une petite animation vidéo sur Youtbe (…

  4. Does it work for you? GE’s been loading that file for ages, but nothing happens.

  5. Great job to Thomas, i read yesterday in the newspaper a second tour the France route on google earth, they was made already on may, and also a nice job to him.

  6. Marshall says:

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  7. Wow … I never knew that there was that feature in Google Earth. I’ll check it out.
    Can’t wait for le Tour de France to start this year! It’s going to be great!

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