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by Mark Zalewski
April 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mitchelton-Scott: How GreenEdge plans to bring Chinese riders, and sponsors, to the WorldTour; Huffman, Wiles win Tour of the Gila; Scarponi to be buried Tuesday, in cycling kit; Impey breaks collarbone in Liege crash; Vansummeren joins Synergy Baku as advisor; Averin suspended for positive maldonium test; Chad Young in stable condition after bad crash at Gila; Meeusen moves up switch from Telenet-Fidea to Beobank Corendon; Lefevere acquitted for tax irregularities involving prize money; Grafton to Inverell to feature women’s category; Black Key Bulls, Kappa Alpha Theta win Little 500 titles; Watch a Little 500 rider exchange; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Liège-Bastogne-Liège highlights.
Evan Huffman (Rally) and Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthcare) won the overalls at the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. In the women’s race Wiles’ teammate Katie Hall finished second overall and won two stages leading to a UHC domination, with Leah Thomas (Sho-Air TWENTY20) finishing in third. While not winning a stage herself, Wiles’ three runner-up placings, including in the ITT, sealed her overall victory.
UHC dominated the women’s race, with the top two on the final podium and two stage wins. Courtesy: Tour of the Gila
“This win means so much to be because of how incredible our team raced,” Wiles said. “Everyone put their whole heart into every stage. We trusted each other and had confidence every step of the way. I’ve always dreamed of winning this race and winning as one team was perfect. I want to thank my coach Neal Henderson and my parents for surprising me by showing up in Silver City to watch the last two stages. It was really special.”
On the men’s side Huffman’s overall win came as a result of winning the ITT, 25 seconds ahead of Tayler Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel), who ultimately finished third overall. Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) finished second overall.
“I was hurting a lot on the climbs, but we had a numbers advantage the whole day,” Huffman said about the tough Gila Monster stage. “At the top of the Gila Monster we had a group of four guys out of 10. I was sitting on wheels, following my teammates who were neutralizing attacks. It wasn’t an easy day but it would have been a lot harder without my teammates.
“Eisenhart put in a big attack on the Gila Monster. I didn’t have to accelerate because my team gradually got him back. Then on the Sapillo climb, Gavin Mannion attacked and Rob Britton rode him back nice and steady. The whole week was incredible. I feel really good heading into the Tour of California. I’m looking for a good result in the time trial and maybe GC.”