Wiles claims second overall at the Colorado Classic
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – After spending weeks overseas racking up valuable racing miles in Europe, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women’s team took the start line in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado last week for the inaugural Colorado Classic, a two-day stage race held in conjunction with the UCI men’s race.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling win team GC
“It was great to have a women’s race as part of the new Colorado Classic,” team director Rachel Heal said. “the short races made for exciting stages. I would love to see more stages next year, but it was a great start.”
Highest placed from the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team was Lauren Hall, who claimed sixth on the first day. Ruth Winder came across the line in 12th place and high enough on the standings to claim the Best Colorado Rider jersey.
The 61-km race was won by Jennifer Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20) in a bunch sprint.
“The race ended in a sprint, it wasn’t hard or long enough to split the race up enough. We were present at the front and in the break. We didn’t place in the sprint so it didn’t quite go as planned, but we are ready to come out fighting on stage two,” team director Rachel Heal said.
On a challenging parcours around the scenic town of Breckenridge, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling put in a strong showing with Tayler Wiles taking second, Winder fourth and Katie Hall tenth after 50 km of hard racing.
Rally Cycling’s Sara Poidevin won the final stage and the overall.
“I love the course and we had the numbers, but Sara was the fastest on the day,” Wiles said. “When I climbed Moonstone two years ago, I remember being in so much pain, so I knew going into today it was going to be hard, but I liked it and it was great.”
After two days at the Colorado Classic, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling finished first in the team GC showing a consistent display of depth and talent.
“Today, although short, was a very hard stage. We had a great day with for riders making the initial selection of 12. Tayler finished off strong in second with hats off to Poidevin for an incredible ride.”
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women’s team heads to St. Louis for the Gateway Cup next. The four-day event kicks of September 1-4.