TUTO TIMEKEEPING ECOSYSTEM
Tissot is responsible for the timekeeping, processing and broadcasting of results for the Tour de France.
To guarantee these results, the company has put in place numerous cutting edge technological systems: timing system, finish line cell, photo finish cameras, transponders, computers - and always with at least two for safety reasons.
At the finish line, the transponder attached to the bicycle enables the rider's identification thanks to an antenna connected to a decoder that sends a signal to the timing machine located in the control room known as the Chronopole. The Chronopole is equipped with cameras capable of taking 10,000 images per second, representing a one ten-thousandth of a second accuracy. It's the photo finish and it's that which genuinely determines the result.
The Tour de France's official jury validates rankings in collaboration with the timekeepers. In some instances they are modified as a result of race incidents involving penalties that increase the rider's actual time. Each morning, a team of 8 timekeepers - for the road races - and up to 16 for Time Trials put in place new infrastructures for the start of the race, the intermediary sprints and the finish line and that during three weeks and over a 3,500 kilometre itinerary in order to guarantee the timekeeping and the live broadcasting of the rankings to the race organisers, the commentators and the spectators.
Tour de France calendar
- 10.03.2019 - 17.03.2019 Paris-Nice
- 14.04.2019 - 14.04.2019 Paris-Roubaix
- 24.04.2019 - 24.04.2019 La Flèche Wallonne
- 28.04.2019 - 28.04.2019 Liège - Bastogne - Liège
- 02.05.2019 - 05.05.2019 Tour du Yorkshire
- 04.03.2018 - 11.03.2018 Paris-Nice
- 08.04.2018 - 08.04.2018 Paris-Roubaix
- 18.04.2018 - 18.04.2018 La Flèche Wallonne
- 22.04.2018 - 22.04.2018 Liège - Bastogne - Liège
- 05.05.2018 - 06.05.2018 Tour du Yorkshire
- 03.06.2018 - 10.06.2018 Critérium du Dauphiné
- 07.07.2018 - 29.07.2018 Tour de France
- 08.07.2018 - 08.07.2018 Etape du Tour
- 17.07.2018 - 17.07.2018 La Course By Le Tour
- 25.08.2018 - 16.09.2018 La Vuelta
- 07.10.2018 - 07.10.2018 Paris Tours