Dixon lives her winning dream, but in virtual reality

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Leah Dixon thought her dream of competing with the world’s best would become a reality this year – instead she has come out on top in the new cycling world of virtual reality.The 28-year-old Welsh cyclist, riding for Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank, won the first ever V-Women’s Tour by nearly 22 seconds on Friday night. It was not the sort of victory Dixon – an athlete who only started riding in 2016 – envisaged after signing her first professional contract in January 2020.The rider from Aberdare was, like her rivals and team-mates, looking forward to the real event.Instead, that ambition fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic and waits for June 2021 to be fulfilled.”I’m really pleased to have won the virtual women’s tour, it was a really intense few days of racing,” Dixon told BBC Sport Wales.”We went into it with some team tactics, they didn’t necessarily go to plan to start with after my team-mate Lauren [Stephens] had a virtual mechanical on stage one [when the internet drops out so the avatar stops moving], but we were able to reframe and go again with a different plan.”We were able to work together all the way to …

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