For those of you who are interested in how the live race data from Le Tour de France is collected and analysed, have a look at the e-book from NTT (previously Dimension Data):
full disclosure: I work for NTT, so I hope this is ok?
Regardless of where I work though, as someone interested in sport and technology, i think its pretty cool! How long before @Nate_Pearson is using machine learning in order to beat Chad?!