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Race in Tour de France with Google's new interactive guide

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This year marks the 100th edition of the Tour de France and Google is commemorating the race with a new browser-based interactive guide.

Your Tour, as the browser feature is called, takes users through the various stages of the 2,115-mile bicycling race by combining Street View imagery, Google Maps and more. The guide also includes interesting tidbits about each portion of the race.

Different stages of the race unlock as the actual competition unfolds. For example, the Mont-Saint-Michel part of the Tour de France is currently locked until Wednesday, when the bicyclists are expected to race through there.

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Users can scroll through each stage to see what racers see as they go through it. If you're on a desktop computer, I recommend you scroll using the down arrow on your keyboard, not your mouse's scroll wheel.

When users get to portions of the experience that show Street View, users can stop scrolling and look around. Users can also zoom in and out when the guide shows them Google Maps of the race.

"Each scroll will let you explore the roads of the tour, taking you through content from Google Maps, Google Street View, Youtube and Google+," the Your Tour's About page reads. 

Additionally, users can also travel in time to check out older versions of the Tour de France. Your Tour lets users see the 1903 edition of the race, and later, it will also let them see the 1954 and 1964 editions too.

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