Watch Footage from the Tour de France's First On-Bike Camera
For the first time in the history of the Tour de France, the race has allowed competitors to ride with small, bike-mounted video cameras to give viewer's a peek inside of the pack. One of the teams using the new technology is Team Giant-Shimano, after an agreement was made with the race organizers to allow on-board cameras on the front and back of bikes racing in the peleton, according to the team's website.
In addition to Team Giant-Shimano, the Shimano CM-1000 cameras are mounted on bikes for other teams including Bianchi, Orica-GreenEDGE and Lampre-Merida. The camera is waterproof, dustproof and has the capability to connect to WiFi and ANT+ devices that can measure speed, cadence, power and heart rate, but it can only record for two hours - about half the time of a typical Tour stage - so riders can decide when they want to use them during the race.
Check out the view from the on-bike cameras during Stage 1: