Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France

by Matt de Neef

A year ago Dimension Data and Tour de France owner ASO entered into a partnership to significantly increase the amount of data produced and offered to fans watching the race. It was a grand experiment tracking every rider. In the past 12 months, there’s been plenty of time and several other ASO races — Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix and the Criterium du Dauphine — for Dimension Data to expand and refine its offering. So what’s new, and what is Dimension Data’s focus in 2016 and beyond?

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

If you’ve been watching the Tour de France on TV this year, you would have noticed an increase in the amount of rider data being displayed on screen, and the number of ways that data is being displayed. The speeds of different riders are often shown, as too are the distances and times between the various groups on the road — useful in a mountain stage when the peloton is split right up. The distance remaining to the finish line is also being displayed in a more accurate fashion, ticking down to just a few hundred metres.

A year on from the launch of Dimension Data’s live-tracking solution at the Tour de France the company is making good progress. More data is available than before, and that data is more accurate than it was a year ago. For Peter Gray it’s all about continual progression.

“We’re trying to provide tools that are useful for people at home, we’re trying to provide tools that are useful for the press and for the commentators,” Gray said. “[We’re] continually working to make that better and better both through the course of the Tour and also through the other races that we get involved in.”

Some of the other races Dimension Data has worked on are six-day track carnivals where the company has been able to combine the use of live on-board camera footage with additional telemetry data such as rider heartrates and cadence. While a velodrome is a much easier environment to control than the open road of the Tour de France, such developments mightn’t be far away.

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