TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank first place in Virtual Tour de France standings
We've been working hard behind the scenes to plan our European racing campaign amid these uncertain times. But in the meantime, we're enjoying more virtual racing. We're in the middle of the Virtual Tour De France, and our performances have been profiled in a recent New York Times article, featuring Lauren Stephens! TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank continues to top the Virtual Tour de France's points standings after stages 3 and 4, held this past weekend. The team had strong performances on both days, and lead with 277 points. Don't forget! Fans can watch us on Zwift's live streaming service or Global Cycling Network. The final two stages on July 18 and 19 start at 5:45 a.m. PDT.
Moving from the Watopia world into the newly designed France map, stage 3 of the Virtual Tour de France was two 24km laps. Called the R.G.V. route, the course began with a flat opening section. It traveled over two intermediate Pavé Sprints, one on each lap. Two Queen of the Mountain ascents also spiced things up before the riders descended toward the Marina finish line.
Kristen Faulkner was the best-placed finisher on the team, claiming fifth. Tanja Erath (Canyon-Sram Racing) won stage 3. The following day, the riders had a tough mountainous stage on the France world's R.G.V Casse-Pattes route. Again, there were two intermediate sprints, but four Queen of the Mountains climbs to tackle. After a powerful late effort by Sarah Gigante, Lauren Stephens, and Leah Dixon, the peloton fractured, then swelled back to 11 riders a few kilometers from the line. Dixon started her sprint early and was pipped right at the line where Stephens ultimately claimed third and Dixon, fourth place. April Tacey (Drops) took the win.
The team will take on Mont Ventoux this Saturday before the Virtual Tour de France concludes the Champs Elysees the following day. Check out full replays of the team in action here!