Lauren Stephens' Zwift journey: from beat-downs to Virtual Tour de France stage winner

Lauren Stephens won stage 2 of the Virtual Tour de France
Lauren Stephens on the live stream after winning stage 2 of the Virtual Tour de France (Image credit: ASO)

When Lauren Stephens first got on Zwift, she had to swallow her pride. Unlike on the road where she could show the local women a thing or two and go toe-to-toe with many of the men, she found herself struggling to keep up with riders she'd never seen race outside. Now, at level 29 and about to earn the coveted 'Tron bike' Stephens has become so proficient in the game that she has helped her TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank team move into the lead of the Virtual Tour de France after winning stage 2.

Stephens tells Cyclingnews that the Virtual Tour is the 'real deal'.

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