Virtual Tour de France: April Tacey wins women's stage 4

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Drops 2020 (Image credit: Dan King at Breakaway Digital)

April Tacey (Drops) secured her second stage victory at the Virtual Tour de France on Sunday. The British rider, who won the opening stage, sprinted to the stage 4 win ahead of Anna Henderson (Sunweb) and Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB).

"It feels amazing to win another stage," Tacey said. "That race was really, really hard. Coming into the last hill, I about nearly lost it, and then going down I caught on and I just can't believe I won the sprint."

TIBCO-SVB continue to lead the overall classification with 277 points. Drops are sitting in second place with 219 points and Canyon-SRAM are in third with 206.

The fourth stage of the Virtual Tour de France was held on the Zwift’s newly released France world’s R.G.V Casse-Pattes route. The 45.8km (two laps) race was a climbing affair and riders’ avatars were permitted to used their climbing bikes. The route included two intermediate sprints (12km and 35km) and four Queen of the Mountains (14km, 20km, 37km and 43km) before the finish.

The event is based on a points system whereby the first rider to cross the finish line scores 50 points, and points are awarded to the top 25 riders. 10 points are also available to the winner of each intermediate sprint and mountain ascent. The team that accumulates the most points at the finish line takes the overall lead in the respective classifications. 

The racing started last weekend with stage 1’s Watopia Hilly race won by Tacey, and the team took the overall classification lead. TIBCO-SVB overtook that lead when Lauren Stephens won stage 2’s Watopia Mountain race. The American outfit maintained their first place in the overall ranking after stage 3’s R.G.V race on Saturday even though Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) won the stage.

Joss Lowden (Drops) picked up the full points on the QOM and over the top the group included Romy Kasper (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), Liane Lippert and Anna Henderson (Sunweb), Leah Dixon, Sarah Gigante and Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB), April Tacey (Drops), Shara Gillow (FDJ), Lisa Brennauer (WNT), Eugenia Bujak and Urska Zigart (Ale BTC Ljubljana), and Zwift Academy winner Jessica Pratt (Canyon-SRAM). 

Time trial world Chloe Dygert (Twenty20) was distanced over the climb but remained in a chase group that closely followed the leaders until regaining contact on the flatter sections heading into the second lap. She also had two teammates in the front group with Lea Davison and Courtney Nelson.

A second group on the road included riders Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) but they were just over a minute behind the lead group. This group were continued riding because there were still points available, to put toward the team rankings, on the finish line.

The leaders reached the foot of the Petit QOM with roughly 6km to go and the first commitment came from Gigante but she was followed by her teammates, Dixon and Stephens, along with Tacey and Lowden. Lowden used a PowerUp to pick up the full points over the top. 

Dygert led a chase group on the first section of the descent and closed the two-second gap, creating a group of 11 riders in the final kilometre.

Dixon used an aero PowerUp with 200 metres to go and opened the sprint first but she was passed at the line by Tacey, who took the stage victory.

The Virtual Tour de France concludes next weekend with a stage on Mont Ventoux on Saturday followed by the finale on the Champs Elysees on Sunday.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1April Tacey (GBr) Drops 1:04:47
2Anna Henderson (GBr) Team Sunweb
3Lauren Stephens (USA) TIBCO-SVB
4Leah Dixon (GBr) TIBCO-SVB 0:00:01
5Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 Pro Cycling
6Romy Kasper (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg
7Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT
8Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb
9Jos Loweden (GBr) Drops) 0:00:02
10Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale BTC Ljubljana
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General classification after stage 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 277
2Drops 219
3Canyon-SRAM 206
4Twenty20 Pro Cycling 189
5CCC-Liv 148
6Team Subweb 121
7Ceratizit-WNT 110
8Boels Dolmans 82
9FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 82
10Rally Cycling 77
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Mountian classificationn
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Drops 40
2Ceratizit-WNT 22
3Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 9
4Canyon-SRAM 8
5FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 6
6Parkhotel Valkenburg 3
7Boels Dolmans 1
8CCC-Liv 1
9Team Subweb 1
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Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Canyon-SRAM 203
2Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 154
3Drops 121
4CCC-Liv 83
5Trek-Segafredo 63
6Ceratizit-WNT 52
7Boels Dolmans 46
8Twenty20 Pro Cycling 33
9FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 26
10Team Subweb 20

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