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Lauren Hall Doubles, Tayler Wiles Heads Up USA Podium Sweep – 2015 Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand, Stage 5

Lauren Hall (USA National Team) claimed her second stage of the race, while teammate Tayler Wiles added her name to a burgeoning list of Americans to take the overall title of the Women’s Tour of New Zealand.

By virtue of her dynamic Stage 4 victory atop Admiral Hill, Wiles sat comfortably atop the General Classification standings heading into the fifth and final stage. The 25-year-old Utah native easily laid claim to the top honor, finishing in 10th place on the day behind the strength of her teammates, and in the process led a USA National Team sweep of podium. Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens, the 2013 Women’s Tour of New Zealand champion, would finish in second and third, respectively.

Similarly, the 122.5 kilometer finale was easily taken by Hall, who once again proved to be one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton. The victory was Hall’s third of the young 2015 season.

Results – Stage 5 – Masterton – Alfredton Circuit – Masterton (122.5 km)
1. Lauren Hall (USA National Team) USA
2. Georgia Baker (HI 5 Dream Team) Australia
3. Emily Collins (Team TIBCO – SVB) New Zealand

Final General Classification
1. Tayler Wiles (USA National Team) USA
2. Megan Guarnier (USA National Team) USA – 00:06
3. Evelyn Stevens (USA National Team) USA – 00:12
4. Lauren Kitchen (Australia National Team) Australia – 00:19
5. Lauren Hall (USA National Team) USA – 00:23
6. Katrin Garfoot (Australia National Team) Australia – 00:27
7. Rachel Neylan (Australia National Team) Australia – 00:30
8. Lauren Stevens (Team TIBCO – SVB) USA – 00:48
9. Jo Hogan (Team TIBCO – SVB) USA – 00:54
10. Miranda Griffiths (Holden Racing Team) Australia – 01:19

Leader’s Jersey Winners
Tayler Wiles (USA National Team) USA – General Classification
Hannah van Kampen (Ramblers Club) New Zealand – Points Classification
Jo Hogan (Team TIBCO – SVB) USA – Queen of the Mountains Classification
Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (DNA Cycling p/b K4) Canada – Best Young Rider (U23) Classification
USA National Team – Team Classification

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