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July 03, 2004

Tour de France

I'm having a first-in-my-lifetime experience. Never a sports fan, I can probably count the times I have really cared about the outcome of a sporting event without running out of fingers and toes. But today I'm following the start of the 2004 Tour de France in Liege, Belgium, on several fronts.

I have live TV on the cable network OLN, with English-language running commentary and excellent on-road video. This stage is individual time trials, and only 7 km, so it's pretty basic coverage.

At the same time, I am following the live online coverage from Agence France-Presse, since they are one of the case studies for my book, and I spent a whole day discussing this very application with them in Paris 10 days ago. I'm accessing their Flash app through the New York Times Web site -- linked from a sports special page.

ESPN has the same app linked from their home page, and also from a specials page.

Finally, I can also follow the stats at the official Tour de France site. Standings are updated quite quickly here, only a few seconds behind TV. The AFP app is a little slower.

Lance will start at 19:08. So far, two riders have finished at under 7 minutes. In Belgium, the time is 18:46.

Posted by macloo at July 3, 2004 12:46 PM