The American adds more depth and experience
American Tayler Wiles is moving across to the new Trek Factory Racing women’s road team in 2019 after one season with Trek-Drops, adding more depth to a team that is shaping up to be a great mixture of youth and experience.
Tayler, 29, began her professional career in 2011 with Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, and since then has ridden for Specialized Lululemon (2013-2014), Velocio-SRAM (2015), Orica-AIS (2016), and UnitedHealthcare (2017) before joining Trek-Drops this year.
A strong all-rounder, Tayler is especially adept in the time trial, which has helped net her overall victories in the Tour of New Zealand (2015), Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche (2015), and the Tour of the Gila (2017) as well as finishing second in La Route de France (2016). She won stage five and the mountains classification at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour last year, ending in a respectable fifth place overall.
This season Tayler led the young Trek-Drops team and finished second overall at the Tour of California and narrowly missed taking a stage win in Giro d’Italia Femminile, beaten to the line in a three-up sprint by compatriot and former teammate Ruth Winder (Sunweb), who will also be joining Tayler next year on Trek Factory Racing.
And recently Tayler raced to a solid fourth overall in the Boels Ladies Tour after a strong time trial in the final stage launched her upward in the standings from 16th place.
While Tayler’s palmarès are already impressive, she has even bigger goals set for the next years, including making the USA Olympic team in 2020.
Wiles: “I am incredibly excited about signing with Trek Factory Racing for 2019-2020! I loved working closely with Trek this year because it truly feels like a close-knit community and that is something very unique and special about the company. The huge steps they continue to take to support women’s cycling I believe will pave the way for the future of our sport. I am really proud to be a part of that movement and a member of such a power-packed team. We have an amazing roster and will be directed by two absolute legends of the sport, so I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!”
Tayler Wiles joins Lizzie Deignan,29, (GBR), Elisa Longo Borghini,26,( ITA), Lotta Lepistö,29, (FIN), Ruth Winder,25, (USA), Lauretta Hanson,23, (AUS), and Abi Van Twisk,21, (GBR), and sport directors Ina Teutenberg (GER) and Giorgia Bronzini (ITA).
Additional members of the roster will be announced in the upcoming weeks.