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US champions to ride Teleperformance's Tour of the Gila

Reigning USPRO road champion Chris Wherry and time trial champion Chris Baldwin will both line up at this year's 20th edition of Teleperformance's Tour of the Gila, New Mexico, USA, May 3-7.

Wherry and Baldwin are both members of the new Toyota - United Pro team and Wherry has twice been overall winner of the Tour of the Gila, the notoriously hilly event based around Silver City, New Mexico. The five-stage race culminates in the notorious Gila Monster road race that crosses the Continental Divide and takes in five categorized climbs. It's Baldwin's first out here, though his wife, Cyclingnews diarist Kimberly Baldwin, won the women's race in 2005.

Baldwin and Wherry will be supported by a strong Toyota-United Pro team, including Justin England, New Zealander Heath Blackgrove, Stefano Barbieri, and Mexico's Jose-Manual Garcia.

Contact centre outsourcer Teleperformance USA is the new title sponsor for this year's Tour of the Gila and it about to open a new call center in Silver City - a facility that will employ more than 600 residents.

For more information see www.tourofthegila.com

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