Astana abandon Virtual Tour de France due to technical difficulties

Astana take control on the opening stage of the 2020 UAE Tour
Astana take control on the opening stage of the 2020 UAE Tour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The entire men's Astana team has been forced to pull out of the Virtual Tour de France – the six-stage Tour being run on virtual training app Zwift across three weekends – due to difficulties with their internet connection at their altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain, the team has reported.

The team first experienced difficulties during stage 3 on Saturday – which was won by Rally Cycling's Matteo Dal-Cin – but hoped that their connection problems might have been resolved for stage 4 on Sunday.

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