Former Australian champion Amanda Spratt was the highest place finisher today for Team BikeExchange in 22nd place in a hard and aggressive finale to the second women’s WorldTour race of the season, Trofeo Alfredo Binda.
The real action kicked off in the last 35km with attacks flying as Italian champion Elisa Longo- Borghini (Trek Segafredo) took off on the penultimate lap, which ultimately proved to be the race winning move.
The Trek-Segafredo rider quickly opened up a gap over a select group of five riders that headed off in hot pursuit, attacking away from the peloton on the Orion climb. The race remained much the same from there on in, with the Italian champion crossing the line almost two minutes ahead of the five defeated chasers.
Spratt and her Team BikeExchange teammates battled on behind, in the third chase group of the road, doing all they could to get themselves back in to contention, however, the first six positions where taken and it proved to be a fight for the minor placings in Cittiglio.
“It was a tough race. I feel a bit disappointed, I definitely wanted a little bit more from my legs and I just didn’t quite have it to go with the top five, I was a little behind and we couldn’t get the gap back after that.
“It was a big improvement from the other girls in the team from Strade and I am really proud to see the way that they stepped up today and I was a good team effort.
“Now I have a big training block ahead of the Ardennes which is my biggest target for the early part of the year, so I am really looking forward to that.”
2021 Trofeo Alfredo Binda Results:
- Elisa Longo- Borghini (Trek Segafredo) 3:43:29
- Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo Visma Women) 1:42
- Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Noivelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) 1:42
22. Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange) 2:46
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