Spratt surprises with third place on the Simac Ladies Tour time trial stage 

Australian climber Amanda Spratt rode out of her skin on today’s short 17.8km individual time trial stage at the Simac Ladies Tour to take a special third place finish, her first WorldTour podium finish since 2020.
Despite the course being short and predominately flat with more than 20 tight corners, not a typical course or disciplne to suit the 34-year-old’s strengths, Spratt went fastest through the first intermediate time check and then into the hot seat.
It was then a waiting game with Spratt unable to believe the result as the final rider, race leader Lorena Wiebes (DSM), crossed the line for fifth place leaving Spratt to secure a podium finish.
The performance today also bodes well for the overall, with Spratt moving up to ninth place on the general classification with teammate Ruby Roseman-Gannon into fifth place, after also enjoying a strong performance on the stage for sixth.
With tomorrow’s stage a hilly 150km, the classification is still all to play for with the two Team BikeExchange-Jayco riders ready for a hard stage and the opportunity to ride onto the overall podium.
Amanda Spratt – Third place
“It is definitely a bit of a shock, it is my first WorldTour podium since my comeback and in the last couple of years, I definitely didn’t think it would be in a time trial. I am shocked but I am very happy, a flat time trial over a short distance with so many corners are not my biggest strength normally but I have been working a lot on my punch and just trying to get that speed back and it showed today.
I had really great support from the car and just tried to give it my all and put the power down wherever I could. It gives me confidence and it is nice to see the form building. We’ve had a few stressful, flat days of racing, so to be able to do this at the end of the tour is really promising.”

2022 Simac Ladies Tour Results – Stage 5:
1. Audrey Cordon-Ragot 25:15
2. Riejanne Markus +0:04
3. Amanda Spratt +0:11
6. Ruby Roseman-Gannon +0:36

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