Tanja Erath shows Zwift experience by winning third stage of virtual Tour de France
Jul 12 2020 04:44 am CET

Tanja Erath shows Zwift experience by winning third stage of virtual Tour de France
Tanja Erath shows Zwift experience by winning third stage of virtual Tour de France
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Canyon-SRAM's Tanja Erath has taken the victory at the third stage of the virtual Tour de France.

The German rider might very well be one of the riders of the peloton that has more experience in the Zwift platform, and she showed it by taking the victory at the third day of competition at the virtual Tour de France. The rider -who won the Zwift Academy in 2017 that gave her the contract with her team- crossed the finish line ahead of Chloe Dygert (Twenty20) and April Tacey (Drops).

"I felt great already during warm up," Erath explained. "I raced a pretty controlled race, since on Stage 1 I invested a lot very early to make sure we got that green jersey. I wouldn't exactly call it an error, but my legs didn't really like the idea of collecting points in sprint and mountain classifications and trying to go for the finish too.

"I started speeding up around 290m to go, and I was all out and used my power up from 200m to go. I am so, so happy. I raced a lot the last month on Zwift and it really helped me to stay focused, motivated and not only maintain fitness but increase my fitness a lot! When I heard about the Virtual Tour de France, I dreamed of winning a stage. Being a Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy winner, winning a stage on a new Zwift course designed especially for the Virtual Tour de France, is a pretty special script."

The team finished the day in the second place of the General Classification, maintained the lead in the youth classification and regained the lead in the sprint and the team standings.




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