Track a Tour de France Team With Google Maps

If you’re a Tour de France fan, Google (s goog) is now offering the ability to track an entire team’s progress through the legendary cycling race, which winds through the hills of France over the course of three weeks and 2,200 miles. The search company is using Android phones from HTC and an application called MyTracks to provide real-time location, elevation and other data about the eight members of the HTC-Columbia team. The riders are using devices from a German company called SRM that will also track telemetry data such as their heart rate and speed in real-time.

The Tour de France is a notoriously technological race, with teams using every piece of data they can get their hands on to increase power and reduce weight and wind-resistance, since even a few tenths of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing a “stage.” In addition to Google’s new map feature, other sites have created their own mashups to track riders through the race, including Ubilabs and Cycling News magazine.