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Tele Atlas Provides Associated Press with Map Graphics for the Tour de France; AP Subscribers Feature Tele Atlas Data in News Reports.

LEBANON, N.H. & GHENT, Belgium -- Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital map data and other geographic content, has been working with the Associated Press to bring Tele Atlas map graphics to AP subscribers covering the Tour de France. The agreement enables news organizations to download Tele Atlas mapping information from the AP for use in their coverage of the event.

The AP is producing informational graphics from Tele Atlas maps that display topographical presentations of the Tour route, including specific elevations and charts at certain key points. This data is available for each stage of the race, and in some cases is used to confirm race stages against the overall tour map. The AP is using the digital compilation as a reference during the Tour de France and is extracting facts for use within the informational graphics.

"As a global company, Tele Atlas is thrilled to be an active part of the Associated Press' coverage of the Tour de France, including Lance Armstrong's final, potentially record-setting effort," said George Fink, president and COO, Tele Atlas. "We know that the AP's subscribers provide vital and timely information to their readers, and we're honored to help make the Tour de France a more vivid and engaging event for news organizations all over the world."

About Tele Atlas

Founded in 1984, Tele Atlas is a worldwide leading provider of digital maps and dynamic location content for a variety of navigation, location-based services and geospatial products and database solutions. Tele Atlas' database is a highly accurate reproduction of today's street network, enabling turn-by-turn route guidance on a high percentage of European, U.S. and Canadian roads. Tele Atlas' compatibility with major navigation systems and its open system design have placed the company's technology at the heart of both consumer and business-to-business applications worldwide. From logistics to marketing to traffic and fleet management, in almost every sector of today's business and consumer world, Tele Atlas has built a reputation as an acknowledged pioneer and leader in the digital map industry. For more information, please visit www.teleatlas.com.
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