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Americans make statement with Tour of New Zealand sweep

February 22, 2015

MASTERTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tayler Wiles led an American sweep at the Tour of New Zealand on Sunday, holding off Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens to win the five-stage women’s road race.

Another member of Team USA, Lauren Hall, captured the final stage in a sprint finish for her third stage win. Australian riders Georgia Baker and Emily Collins were second and third.

The dominance of Wiles, Guarnier, Stevens in the overall classification helped Team USA win the team title by nearly 4 minutes over Australia.

Lauren Kitchen of Australia was the first non-American in fourth place overall.

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