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How the Tour de France Looks From the Bikes' POV (Video)

| by Michael Allen

For the first time ever, the Tour de France is allowing competitors to film the race with small video cameras on the front or back of their bikes.

The video cameras are positioned under the bike's handlebars or under the cyclist’s seat (for the reverse shot). The cameras can record for two hours, but it's up to the cyclists to turn them on.

"From the helicopter, it looks hectic, but it's nothing compared with what we actually go through and what we see from the bike camera," cyclist Koen de Kort told The New York Times.

Right now the videos (below) are only being posted online, not broadcast live, but still show the intensity and danger as cyclists try to move ahead of each other with only inches separating them.

Gizmodo.com reports that only nine teams are using the CM-1000 camera, which only weighs three ounces, compared to a GoPro that clocks in at five ounces. Apparently, every ounce counts.

Some of the cyclists even refused to use the three ounce cameras during the mountainous part of the race as they felt it could slow them down.

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The videos below show parts of Stage 1, Stage 3 and Stage 5, which includes a rain storm.

Unfortunately, there is music edited onto the videos, so the audience doesn't get the full effect of the shouting, and possible cursing, that normally goes on during the famous race.

Sources: The New York Times and Gizmodo.com