Microsoft's Bing has been doing some really interesting things with Bing Maps, and more specifically Bing Maps Apps. This week, the company launched a new map app for the Tour De France, which starts today and runs through July 25th.
"The 97th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,642 kilometers," says Bing's Chris Pendleton. "I was looking at Le Tour de France site and they have this PDF route map – a bit antiquated. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you might want to check out the Bing 2010 Tour de France map app for a better experience."
Key features of the app include:
- Each stage of the event being displayed on the map with pushpins to indicate the start and finish
- Interactive profiles displayed along the top of the map, which lets you see elevation and slope changes for the selected stage
- Stage description and weather prediction
- Daily results.
Pendleton says the best experience is in Bird's Eye View (enhanced). More info about the app can be found here.