Wiles works to remain second overall after finishing fourth on the stage

Fri 12 Aug 2016

27-year-old Tayler Wiles had a strong ride today's on stage five Route de France, finishing in a respectable fourth place to sucessfully remain in second place overall.

Today was the first real mountain test with a challenging six kilometre climb up towards the finish. Wiles rode strongly to maintain her second place on the general classification by finishing the stage in fourth place as the current race leader Amber Neben (Be-Pink) claimed a solo victory.

The young ORICA-AIS team worked hard again throughout the stage to keep their general classification hopeful out of trouble ahead of the uphill battle to the finish line.

“The team were really good again today,” explained sport director Gene Bates. “The girls were all really aggressive to try and get into an early move and it took around 50kilometres until one finally went away.”

“Overall it was a pretty straight forward stage, it all came down to that final climb and who had the best climbing legs. That’s where the race really lit up, at the base of the final climb.

“Neben was super strong on the climb and it was a pretty solid finishing climb, around six kilometres and probably nine or ten percent. 

“Tayler did really well and is in good spirits and good shape. The girls will support her as best they can for the final two days and we will see how best we can come out of it. She’ll certainly give it a red hot crack. 

“Tomorrow is going to be important and another tough day with two category one climbs and a category two climb to finish with.

How it happened:

After five days of racing, the riders faced the first real climbing test with a challenging stage as the race headed into the hills.

A day with the potential to shake up the general classification once again saw the peloton remain all together, not allowing any groups to break free until finally the elastic broke after 50kilometres. 

Two riders, one from Lointek and one from BTC City, worked well to gain a gap and eventually rode out to a solid lead of one minute and 50seconds.

The gap hovering over a minute as the kilometres ticked down. As the race passed the 20kilometres to go mark the escapees still maintained a one minute lead but with the final climb up to the finish line to come, the chasing peloton controlled the distance, led by the current race leading team Be-Pink.

ORICA-AIS worked hard together to keep Wiles in good position and conserving energy ahead of the final climb, the Col de Brabant.

After hitting the six kilometre ascent, yesterday’s time trial winner Neben attacked with around three kilometres to go and took a solo stage victory. Wiles worked hard to minimise her time loss and finish in the second group just 25seconds down.

Route de France stage results:

1. Amber Neben (Be-Pink) 3:03:14
2. Janneke Ensing (ParkHotel-Valkenburg) +0:18
3. Carlee Taylor (Liv-Plantur) ST
4. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:25

General classification after stage 5:

1. Amber Neben (Be-Pink) 12:23:39
2. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:57
3. Amy Pieters (Wiggle-High5) +1:25