Second place for Wiles on the TT stage moves her into third place overall in Route de FranceThu 11 Aug 2016
American time-trial specialist Tayler Wiles had a solid performance to claim second place for ORICA-AIS in today’s time trial stage at Route de France.
The 27-year-old stopped the clock in a time of 18minutes and 40seconds to secure second place behind the eventual stage winner Amber Neben (Be-Pink) who now moves into the leader's jersey.
The 15kilometre individual time-trial, coming in on day five of the tour caused a significant shake up in the general classification with Wiles jumping up into third spot as hoped.
“Today was a big goal for sure,” explained Wiles after the podium ceremony. “Of course I wanted to win it, but coming second to Neben isn’t terrible."
"She is a former world time-trial champion and very experienced in this event.
“It is a big goal to go for the general classification victory here in Route de France and we have got a very good chance as we have brought a good team to support me in that, so I think it will be good the next days."
Producing a maximum effort for the duration of 15kilometres is not an easy feat, Wiles found insipration from her Dutch team mate, Annemiek Van Vleuten after her impressive performance, followed by misfortune after a crash in the final of last weekend's Olympic road race.
“Every time it started to hurt a little bit I just kept thinking ‘do it for Vleuty, Vleuty would suffer' and that helped.” said Wiles.
How it happened:
After three consecutive bunch sprint finishes, the general classification has remained the same over the opening days with no bonus seconds given to the riders on the finish line.
Today’s stage provided the first real opportunity for the general classification hopefuls to make their mark.
ORICA-AIS’ main time trial rider, Wiles, had spent the previous stages trying to stay out of trouble and conserve energy ahead of this stagel and with a suitable distance of 15kilometres to race, it provided the perfect opportunity for the American to show her cards.
At the first intermediate time check, Wiles posted the second fastest time of 10minutes and 19seconds and continued her strong momentum to finish the stage in a very respectable second place. This catapulted her up into third place overall, now just 32seconds behind the new race leader Neben.
Before the stage it was teammate, Sarah Roy, who held onto second place in the general classification after her impressive second place in the prologue. Roy started off fast in the time-trial through the first intermediate time check point and eventually finished with a time of 19minutes and 42seconds for 13th place.
With three road stages to go, the Australian outfit's ambition is now turned to the general classification with Wiles placed well, ahead of the coming lumpier days.
Route de France TT results:
1. Amber Neben (Be-Pink) 18:07
2. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:33
3. Amy Pieters (Wiggle-High5) +0:55
General classification after TT stage 4:
1. Amber Neben (Be-Pink) 9:20:25
2. Amy Pieters (Wiggle-High5) +0:32
3. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:32