Gibbons hopes Virtual Tour de France win will lead to a place in the real thing

STIRLING AUSTRALIA JANUARY 22 Arrival Ryan Gibbons of South Africa Team NTT Pro Cycling during the 22nd Santos Tour Down Under 2020 Stage 2 a 1355km stage from Woodside to Stirling 422m TDU tourdownunder UCIWT on January 22 2020 in Stirling Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Ryan Gibbons at the Tour Down Under (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A win is a win, real or virtual, and Ryan Gibbons (NTT Pro Cycling) hopes that his commanding sprint victory on stage 1 of the Virtual Tour de France will help cement his place in the real thing when racing properly resumes in the next few weeks.

Gibbons, who hasn't taken part in the real-world Tour de France before, was in contention for a debut slot this July but with racing paused due to the global pandemic the South African was forced into lockdown over much of the spring and early summer.

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