Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank surpassed all expectations during the final weekend of Zwift's Virtual Tour de France with Lauren Stephens winning the ultimate stage on the Champs Elysees, retaining her yellow jersey and clinching the overall team title.
"I had so much fun these past three weekends racing with my teammates on Zwift," Stephens said. "When we started the Virtual Tour de France, I thought we could win a stage and finish in the top three in the yellow jersey competition. But we definitely exceeded those expectations. Every rider gave 100 percent each time they logged in to race. I'm excited to continue the eSport discipline while getting back to racing on the road."
"I finished with an absolutely empty tank," Gigante said. "To see my teammates finish third, fourth and fifth, seal the QOM jersey, and keep our lead in yellow was just amazing. I hope that, one day, we can race up Mount Ventoux in real life."
Not only did the team come away with the overall Tour de France win, they also scooped up wins in the points and mountains classifications, with Nina Kessler and Emily Newsom taking turns to collect sprint points in the early part of the stage.
"Following on from such an excellent performance on the first two weekends of the virtual Tour de France, motivation and expectations were high for the final weekend," team director Rachel Hedderman said. "I was impressed by how the riders embraced virtual racing and have showed the same commitment they do to racing on the road, both in preparation before the race, and pushing themselves to the limit for the team during the race."
"As a team, we had race plans for both the Saturday and Sunday races, and it was fantastic to execute them so well and come away with not only another stage win, but also the yellow, green and polka dot jerseys."