Wiles finishes fourth on the final stage & fourth overall at the Tour de Feminin

Sun 10 Jul 2016

American Tayler Wiles finished in fourth place today on the final stage of the 2016 edition of the Tour de Feminin.

On a challenging final stage Wiles was able to pick up bonus seconds thanks to help from her strong ORICA-AIS team-mates to eventually conclude the UCI2.2 category tour in fourth place overall behind the winner, Cecile Ludwig (BSM Birn). 

The team wrap up a successful four-days in the Czech Republic having claimed one stage victory and two second place finishes along the way.

"The girls raced well today helping Tayler to take seconds in the intermediate sprints," sport director Gene Bates said after the stage. "Then in the final we worked to try and create a move, to try and get Tayler away and create a situation were she could go for the sprint from a small group."

"In the end unfortunately she just missed the two riders who went off the front and gained a small time gap on the finish line."

Wiles finished the race in fourth place overall, just 28seconds down on the winner and on the same time as the third place finisher.

"For this race they did a count back to the time trial placing to work out the final result," continued Bates. "The girl who was joint third place with Tayler overall, won the time trial stage so even though she finished the tour on the same time as Tayler, she took the podium spot."

"Overall it's been a successfull tour for us. We achieved goals we set out to with a stage win, two other podium finishes and a good overall result, so we can walk away really happy with this.

"Given we only had five riders and two of them were brand new riders on the team, they fitted in really well, so I think it's been very positive and puts us in good stead going into our next races."

How it happened:

26-year-old Wiles started the final stage of the four-day race in third place overall in the general classification, just 12seconds behind the current race leader.

With two intermediate time bonuses up for grabs, ORICA-AIS made a big effort to help Wiles achieve maximum bonus seconds. 

The first sprint came after just 7.9kilometres with Wiles placing herself well, sprinting to second place, taking two bonus seconds. Unfortunately for the American, the rider to take maximum points was Ludwig, the current race leader.  

Soon after at just 12.3kilometres, the second intermediate sprint came with Wiles taking maximum points to give her three seconds back on the leader.

Still in close contention, the second half of the race proved vital with a selection of challenging climbs to contend with. As riders began contesting for the Queen of the mountain points, the field began to splinter.

In the end, Ludwig proved too strong, sprinting to the stage victory and claiming ten bonus seconds to increase her advantage and secure the overall classification. 

After producing strong rides on each stage, Wiles concluded the tour in a respectable fourth place overall, so close to a podium spot with the same time as third place.

Overall, a successful few days for ORICA-AIS with the team back in action in five days time at the Thuringen Rundfahrt tour.

Tour de Feminin Stage 5 results:

1. Cecile Ludwig (BSM Birn) 2:50:12
2. Anna Plichta (MX2 BTC City) ST
3. Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling Team) 0:08
4. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) ST

Overall general classification result:

1. Cecile Ludwig (BSM Birn) 10:57:11
2. Anna Plichta (MX2 BTC City) +0:23
3. Natalia Boyarskaya (Russian National Team) +0:28
4. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:28

Photos courtesy of Dariusz Krzywanski / Anton Vos.