News – on bike cameras in le Tour


TV viewers will feel like being in the middle of the peloton of the Tour de France with revamped graphics, improved air relay and on-board cameras on bicycles this year

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News – on bike cameras in le Tour

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– Ten stages with full live coverage, 90 hours in total –

The 2014 Tour de France will be broadcasted more than any of the previous one hundred editions of the race as ten stages will be seen in full, which is one more than last year. Ninety hours of live coverage will be supplied to the broadcasters, including the three English stages with an exceptional programming on ITV, simultaneously on ITV 1 (UK’s number 2 TV channel) and ITV4.

TV viewers will have access to more relevant information thanks to revamped graphics in the live footage. For instance, the slope’s gradient will appear during mountain stages. The strength and direction of the wind will be visible on screen, as well as the instant measure of the riders’ speed.

Coming close to the finishing line, the remaining distance will be calculated every hundred meters and the maximum speed of the sprinters will be timed by radar. Riders’ positions will also be tracked by satellite throughout the race.

Onboard cameras are commonly used in motor sports and they’ll make their debut at the Tour de France in a trial over three weeks of racing. Every day, four riders from two different teams will carry an ultra-light camera. They’ll turn it on themselves as they approach the key moments of the race. After each stage, a video will be edited, published on and available for team’s websites and broadcasters.

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