Marco Arriagada may have taken the glory and the prize money on the queen stage of the Vuelta Chile in February, but Tyler Wren says he is still buoyed by his team’s and his own effort on the mountain stage. Wren’s Jamis-Sutter Home team announced Wednesday that he had inherited the stage 9 win when Arriagada’s B sample confirmed an earlier positive test for stanozolol metabolites.
While he missed the opportunity to raise a hand at the line atop the 20-mile climb to Farellones, Wren has not missed arguably the biggest win of his career.
“I missed out on being on the top step of the podium that day, and a few dollars of prize money. Those things were taken from me,” he told VeloNews. “But the sense of perfect teamwork — big thanks to Nick Frey — well-timed attacking, and balanced pacing on the two-hour climb to the finish are with me regardless.”
With solid rides at the Tour of the Gila, San Dimas Stage Race and a number of National Racing Calendar criteriums, Wren has seen one of the best springs of his almost 10-year professional career. When asked if winning the Chilean stage four months after it was contested was bittersweet, Wren looked for the positive.
“I feel proud of this win, both for myself and Jamis-Sutter Home,” he said. “I sense that for most or all of the doping stories in our sport, there is a silver lining — a story of the hardworking, clean athletes like myself that were deprived of the recognition they deserve. So I feel vindicated to get that recognition and I thank (VeloNews) for reporting on this story from my angle.”
There is no feeling like crossing a summit finish alone on the front of a race. A place atop the stage podium, an evening toast and prize money follow. Wren didn’t have the opportunity to experience those things, but he said the important thing is the feeling he has looking back on the 94-mile stage that he won after attacking the day’s long breakaway on the finish climb.
“I did the best that I could that day with myself and my Jamis-Sutter Home teammates,” he said. “We laid it all on the road, and that’s what is valuable to me about that day.”