Amanda Spratt wins most aggressive rider at Vargarda World CupSun 23 Aug 2015
A day of attacks and strong racing from Orica-AIS at the world cup race in Vargarda, Sweden, saw Amanda Spratt win The Sufferfest most aggressive rider of the day award, and Emma Johansson finish in a strong 8th place from the reduced bunch sprint.
Jolien D'Hoore (Wiggle Honda) took the win, and simultaneously took over the World Cup leaders jersey.
"With the new format we had 60km of undulating roads with a dirt section, it made the race a fair bit easier before hitting the finishing circuits," explained sports director Gene Bates.
"On the circuits we wanted to make race as hard as possible to get some breakaways up road and put lots of pressure on."
As the race hits the circuits the ORICA-AIS team was involved a number of moves. Spratt marked an attack by Trixi Worrack, to be quickly pulled back in, just in time for Gracie Elvin to hit out solo.
When the bunch fought to pull Gracie back to them, Amanda again went off the front of the peloton, but the high pressure racing quickly saw it neutralised.
With 30km to go Johannson was part of a five person attack with many of the world cup points leaders, as they jostled for position, in a race with not only the merit of the day's win, but also the points accumulations to the overall standings.
These numerous attacks whittled the lead group down to 20-25 riders going into the final circuit. ORICA-AIS had three riders in the leading group: Johansson, Spratt and Katrin Garfoot.
The reduced bunch sprint over the finish line saw Emma place eighth after a hard day of racing, and Spratt was awarded The Sufferfest most aggressive rider of the day award, after her relentless attacking throughout the day. The penultimate World Cup event for the 2015 season proved the aggressive racing which will continue over this series.
The team heads to GP Plouay next weekend for the final world cup of the 2015 season.