Tracking the Tour de France With Tech

The 2010 Tour de France got under way this weekend, and technologically inclined cycling fans have plenty of options for getting their fix even when they’re away from the television.

The length of the race and the time difference between the U.S. and France mean even the most dedicated U.S. cycling enthusiasts can have a tough time watching all stages.

But on the iPhone, users can see video of the event on the official Tour de France application from the Versus channel, which is showing the Tour in the U.S. At $14.99, the program is pricier than many iPhone apps, but it offers something many applications don’t — live video. Highlights, weather and detailed tracking also are available, and the app alerts users during important parts of the race. As of Tuesday, it was the third highest-grossing app in the iTunes store. Versus also is showing live video on the Web, with a service that costs $29.99.

Free Tour de France options are more limited.

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