Australian rider Amanda Spratt bravely fought to a solid 10th place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège today despite starting the day under the weather suffering with stomach problems.
Willing to try, Spratt started the day with an open mind, looking to see what her body would allow. Riding conservatively the 33-year-old followed an important acceleration on the Cote des Forges, before finding herself in the main chasing peloton after the final climb of the day, with two teammates Ane Santesteban and Janneke Ensing for support.
Ahead, five leaders that escaped on the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons sprinted it out for the victory with Demi Volering taking the win, while Spratt took second in the bunch kick for a very respectable 10th place given the circumstances.
“I was a bit sick overnight and during the race I had stomach problems. But I think given the circumstances we still did a good race. We had to change our tactics on the fly, and we knew that it would be a real struggle on that last climb.
But we still had Ane, Janneke and I in that group behind, so we knew there was a possibility for a top-10, so we just changed our focus to that.”
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“It was a hard day; it was as expected a lot of aggressive racing and the girls were really good covering the moves and protecting our leader.
Unfortunately, Spratty wasn’t on a good day as she was a little bit sick with an upset stomach. So, I think considering the circumstances it was a pretty good result for 10th place.“
2021 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes Results:
1. Demi Volering #:54:31
2. Annemiek van Vleuten ST
3. Elisa Longo-Borghini ST
10. Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange) +1:59
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