The Tour de France 2015 in Google Earth

In past years (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), we have referred you to CyclingTheAlps.com for maps of the Tour de France. However, it doesn’t seem to have the 2015 Tour.

The official site has a very basic map of the overall tour, and more detailed maps for each individual Stage, but it does not have an option to export to KML.

Thank you to GEB reader Chris, for letting us know about this article on velowire.com which does include a KML of the tour (scroll down to the end of the article to find the KML).

The Tour de France runs from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th, 2015.


The elevation profile of Stage 20, which takes place in the Alps.

Once you have the map in Google Earth, you can easily get the elevation profiles of any stage. Simply right click on any of the coloured lines and select ‘Show Elevation Profile’. As we have mentioned in the past, elevation profiles are only as accurate as Google Earth’s elevation data and also tend to fail to take into account tunnels and bridges. Nevertheless, they can give you a good idea as to how much work the cyclists will have to do in a particular Stage.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.



Comments

  1. thanks for the blog post, do you know if it’s possible to export the elevation data as a CSV?

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