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Amanda Spratt ‘still dreaming’ of Tour Down Under victory after warning shot on Mount Lofty

Amanda Spratt 'still dreaming' of Tour Down Under victory after warning shot on Mount Lofty


Stage 2 of the women’s Santos Tour Down Under was always one where the riders chasing GC were going to be on high alert, with the climb of Mount Lofty just 10km before the end. Although it wasn’t hard enough or long enough by itself to pull out huge gaps, three-time race winner Amanda Spratt was still determined to take full advantage, knowing all too well that, in this three-day tour, every opportunity counts.

The first stage was one for the sprinters, leaving just the 90km stage 2 and the 93.2km stage 3 with the Corkscrew climb to shape the general classification. As good as Spratt’s climbing legs now look to be again – after a tough two years where she struggled with Iliac artery endofibrosis and the recovery from it – she wasn’t waiting for the final stage to try to chase a fourth title with her new Trek-Segafredo team, who ramped up the pace after the final intermediate sprint in Summertown with 15km to go.

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