Orica-AIS today officially announced the signing of American Tayler Wiles for the 2016 season.
Riding for Velocio-SRAM, the 26-year-old had a breakout 2015 season, winning the Tour of New Zealand and Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche.
Going into her fourth professional season, Wiles is looking forward to an aggressive year with her new ORICA-AIS teammates.
“I’ve always really loved and respected ORICA-AIS’ racing style, being more aggressive and opportunistic,” Wiles said in a press release. “They have historically been a team whose tactics are hard to read and who plays to the strengths of each rider on any given day.”
Wiles is approaching 2016 with confidence and has big goals to achieve.
“I have big goals for 2016 in time trials and on the road. With it being an Olympic year you have to throw everything you have into training and recovery in an effort to perform early in the lead up to selection and I am so excited to be racing on a team that I know will support my goals 100 percent,” she said.
Orica-AIS sport director Gene Bates is looking forward to seeing the rise of Wiles within their ranks, especially her climbing and time trial ability.
“Tayler is really on the up and up and is carrying a lot of momentum with her,” Bates said. “She was a really big asset to Velocio-SRAM in terms of producing power and especially in the time trial. I really think that is what she will bring to us – a huge amount of firepower and we probably haven’t seen exactly what she can do with that yet.”