Tanja Erath attributes Virtual Tour de France stage win to Zwift experience

Canyon-SRAM 2020
Canyon-SRAM 2020 (Image credit: Canyon-SRAM)

Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) put her vast Zwifting experience to good use netting the stage 3 victory at the Virtual Tour de France on Saturday. The former Zwift Academy winner said it’s all about improving watts, reading the races and learning how to use the in-game PowerUps.

"We have raced a lot of Zwift in the last few months and I could really see my wattage increasing and improving," Erath said after winning the third stage held on Zwift’s newly released R.V.G course on the upper half of its France map. "I can say from my own experience that experience plays a big role, too. It took me 30 to 35 races to finally figure out how to race these races, how to read the courses and play with the special functions like PowerUps. It takes experience to get on top of the game."

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.