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UnitedHealthcare signs Wiles, unveils complete roster

Seven new men and six new women, including Tayler Wiles, joined the UnitedHealthcare team in its annual team presentation.

Seven new men and six new women joined the UnitedHealthcare team in its annual team presentation at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis Tuesday.

One of the new women, Tayler Wiles is perhaps the most notable addition. “It’s a team that I’ve admired for years. When I raced against UnitedHealthcare it was evident that they race as a unit, for each other, and that is something that has always been important to me,” she said. Wiles raced the 2016 season with Orica – AIS. She had a handful of top-five finishes this past year, but her best career result was an overall victory at Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, when she was racing for Velocio – SRAM.

The team changes significantly in roster, schedule, and staffing as general manager Mike Tamayo said, “2017 will be one of our biggest growth years. We’ve been growing for 10 years, and this past year we really looked back to see what we can do better.”

Added Momentum Sports Group president Thierry Attias, “When we look to build a champion, we really want to build complete people on and off the bike.”

Sporting director Sebastian Alexander said the team includes a combination old and young.

“In assembling the squad this year we looked for individuals who could build a great team,” Alexander said. “We have some very experienced riders from the world tour mixed with some of the younger up and coming guys. We want to create an atmosphere where everyone can give 110 percent.”

2017 UnitedHealthcare men’s roster

Janier Acevedo (COL)
Carlos Alzate (COL)
Alex Cataford (CAN)
Jonny Clarke (AUS)
Daniel Eaton (USA)
Sebastian Haedo (ARG)
Adrian Hegyvary (USA)
Greg Henderson (NZL)
Daniel Jaramillo (COL)
Chris Jones (USA)
Luke Keough (USA)
Gavin Mannion (USA)
Travis McCabe (USA)
Lachlan Norris (AUS)
Tanner Putt (USA)
Danny Summerhill (USA)

2017 UnitedHealthcare women’s roster

Rushlee Buchanan (NZL)
Janelle Cole (USA)
Katie Hall (USA)
Lauren Hall (USA)
Lauretta Hanson (AUS)
Shawn Morelli (USA)
Diana Penuela (COL)
Kate Sherwin (USA)
Tayler Wiles (USA)
Ruth Winder (USA)