Ella Harris starts in virtual Tour de France at 1 AM and keeps youth classification lead
Jul 06 2020 06:14 am CET

Ella Harris starts in virtual Tour de France at 1 AM and keeps youth classification lead
Ella Harris starts in virtual Tour de France at 1 AM and keeps youth classification lead
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Canyon-SRAM has maintained its lead in the youth classification in the virtual Tour de France after Ella Harris finished in the eight position.

The virtual French grand tour is being held on the platform Zwift and its second stage featured a steep climb. At the end, everything came down to a final sprint in which Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank's Lauren Stephens crossed the line in the first position, and also took the Yellow Jersey for her team.

Harris competed from her home in Dunedin, New Zealand, where it was one in the morning at the time of the race. "As a team, the main aim was to go for the GC and have as many riders as close to the front of the race as possible," the 21-year-old commented. "We had a rocky start however, with Omer (Shapira) having some issues not even 30 seconds into the race. Midway up the Epic QOM, the bunch was reasonably large with the pace being fairly steady, but unfortunately then we lost Hannah (Barnes) with an issue which left just me at the front.

"I was feeling okay over the QOM but not fantastic. I battled up to the radio tower and limited my losses to two riders off the front, but it was then my turn to have a ‘virtual mechanical’ while in a super tuck on the descent. I ended up completing a solo time trial for the remaining 8 km after the descent with the field obliterated behind. I’m really disappointed with my result because I know I could have been in the front bunch, but unfortunately things were out of my control and I just had to make the best of a bad situation. I like to think that the bad luck is out of the way now for our team, so I’m looking forward to the next stage where I aim to make up for tonight."




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