Ryan Gibbons wins sprint on first stage of men’s virtual Tour de France


Ryan Gibbons won the first stage of the virtual Tour de France, beating the tastes of Mathieu van der Poel and Greg Van Avermaet in the sprint.

A number of attacks took off in the final hundreds of meters, with Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (CCC) hitting first before Edvald Boasson – Hagen (NTT) took over the line.

The Norwegian was then overtaken by his teammate Gibbons, sweeping the field with Van Avermaet in pursuit, but the South African had timed his attack well, ending with daylight between him and his opponents.

Pier-Andre Cote of the Rally finished second, with Nick Schultz of Mitchelton-Scott third. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) then came fourth, Aussie Freddy Ovett (Israel Start-Up Nation) completing the top 5.

The first stage lasted four laps of the 9.1 km hilly inverted course of Watopia, totaling just over 36 km.


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