There’s no denying that the Tour de France is never boring.
There are spectacular crashes, the constant whiff of doping scandals and the stunning images from the final day when hundreds of riders cycle along the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
However, enthusiasts will tell you it is also one of the most gruelling sporting events in the world and the ultimate test of human endurance.
‘Le Tour’ covers approximately 3,200km (2,000 miles) in three weeks over mountainous terrain and all weather conditions.
As the Tour de France 2012 enters the crucial final week, we have selected three apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace for your Nokia Lumia to ensure that you are never far away from the action.
Le Tour, FREE
This app is a great place to start for newcomers to ‘Le Tour’ as well as seasoned followers.
It gives an overview of each of the stages, current standings, a #tdf ‘tweets’ news hub and results as they come in.
Everything Cycling, FREE
Not a specific app for the Tour de France, but indispensable for serious cycling fans.
Get the latest from the Tour de France in the form of feeds from Cycling News and VeloNews. It also allows you to filter information, for example, you can search for your favourite cyclist or by subject.
This is a dedicated app for the Tour de France that looks good, is easy to use and has lots of information.
It has the latest standings, a live Twitter feed, a database, which can be accessed offline, about the stages, riders, teams and even includes historical information about the Tour de France.
The latest version of the app lets you pin categories to your Lumia home screen.
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