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by Shane Stokes
September 14, 2017
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Tour of Gila winner Tayler Wiles has signed a contract with the Drops Cycling Team for 2018, moving to the British squad after one year with UnitedHealthcare. “I am incredibly excited to be joining Drops Cycling Team for the 2018 season,” the 28-year-old American said. “Having the opportunity to be a leader on the team and mentor some of the younger girls means a great deal to me. I’m really looking forward to being able to target specific races on the calendar and work with the team to produce some big results.
“I’ve always looked at Drops with great admiration because I could see how hard Bob [team manager Bob Varney] and the others behind the scene worked to grow the program year on year and truly support women’s cycling from the ground up.”
Wiles’ past results include overall victory in the 2015 Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, her Gila success this season and also a podium finish at the Tour de Feminin.
“I remember meeting Tayler for the first time in California in May 2016,” said Varney. “She made some positive comments about our team which gave me confidence in what we were doing. To sign Tayler to the team for 2018, and to be discussing the next Olympic games with her is truly the stuff of Hollywood. We are all incredibly excited to be working with her, and are incredibly proud, and humbled, to have her trust.
Wiles laid out her targets. “I have some big goals for the 2018 season starting with the hillier Spring Classics, time trials, and also a big focus on the stage races. I’m looking forward to being in a situation where I can confidently put my hand up for certain races and say, ‘my goal is to win this race, let’s make a plan and execute this together.’”