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I hadn’t heard that. It would be a real pity if they fold. Quite aside from dominating the US scene, they’ve been an excellent “nursery” for riders going to Europe.yaco said:UHC is looking for a new sponsor so WT could be an issue - Agree it was a surprising performance by Wiles - Can't remember her climbing so well.
Hall talks about some of this in a recent interview: http://www.velonews.com/2018/05/amgen-tour-of-california/future-hold-uhcs-katie-hall_466579Libertine Seguros said:I was waiting for Katie to do this, it seemed inevitable from the way she was slaughtering the US domestic scene. The clash with Bira has hurt the field here a bit, and it does sometimes frustrate me the way the US domestic scene is quite insular, so we don't get to see the best of the North American riders competing in Europe that often unless they relocate like Kirchmann, Rivera and Guarnier have done, but I do understand it. However, simultaneously it's a shame that Katie Hall is now 31 years old and has been riding at a good level with UHC for a few years now, and has still not had the chance to compete in several of the world's biggest races; sure, she mainly contests stage races but there really isn't a body of work to say whether she can compete in the one-day events or not because we've so seldom seen her do so against fields of real class.
Wiles being up there is something of a surprise and a coup for Drops. Certainly as the only US WT race now this would have been a target for her but I didn't expect the queen stage to have been quite her cup of tea, but this will be hugely beneficial for the team. Niewiadoma seemingly like at the Ardennes a little below where she'd like to be but given this is between form cycles for her and there aren't too many of the regular big names to judge against it's hard to really say what this means for her. Either way it should be some good WWT points, similar to van der Breggen running out of form but being able to win the race on her race smarts. It may be that the US domestic riders target this race much more, it may be a form question, but she simply didn't have the firepower to answer Hall, and really, if she gets a financially viable offer Katie really needs to cross the pond this offseason; I know Mara managed to get away with only ghosting into Europe a couple of times a season to ride for the team that was contracting her, but Mara's an unusual case (and from a personality/team perspective not always the best example to follow) and she really has nothing left to prove in the domestic scene. From a sporting perspective it would be sad to see her continue to beat up on the domestic scene in Redlands, the Joe Martin Race and the Tour of the Gila, and not get the chance to compete in the Ardennes or the Giro Rosa now that she's an established rider.
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