Tayler Wiles takes solo victory in Emakumeen Bira, Amanda Spratt keeps GC lead
May 25 2019 03:22 am CET

Tayler Wiles takes solo victory in Emakumeen Bira, Amanda Spratt keeps GC lead
Tayler Wiles takes solo victory in Emakumeen Bira, Amanda Spratt keeps GC lead
Trek-Segafredo Women's team by © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Trek-Segafredo's Tayler Wiles has won the third stage of Emakumeen Bira. The American rider launched a last climb attack and crossed the finish line ahead of her teammate Elisa Longo Borghini and Soraya Paladin.

The third day of competition in the Spanish race was 97 kilometres long and included two categorised climbs: one of the first category and the finish line on a second category ascent. Wiles launched her decisive move at the climb of Opakua and could hold the gap until the last moment, finishing the stage 21 seconds ahead of Longo Borghini and 25 seconds of Paladin.

Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt completed the top five of the day and finished the stage 25 seconds and 31 seconds behind the winner of the day. With her fifth position of the stage, the Australian rider maintains the lead of the general classification, five minutes ahead of Paladin and 12 seconds ahead of Longo Borghini.

"It was such a great day!" said Wiles. "The team was incredible, and every single one played a big part in it. I want to thank all of the riders and staff, every single person at Trek was a part of this win today! Going 1-2 with Elisa also was just so special! I'll never forget all the finish line emotions! [Directors] Ina (Teutenberg) and Giorgia (Bronzini) have taught me to believe in myself, and I can't thank them enough for that.

"The plan was for me to attack at the base of the second to last climb. Lauretta (Hanson) kept me up front and put me in the perfect position to launch the attack once we hit the climb. I just put my head down and went for it and never looked back. Giorgia (Bronzini, director) and all the girls were giving me so much motivation on the radio, and that really helped."




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