Mitchelton-SCOTT women round up the medals at Australian Road Race ChampionshipsSun 6 Jan 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT duo Amanda Spratt and Sarah Roy have rounded up the podium, taking the silver and bronze medals respectively at the Australian Road Race Championships in Buninyong today.
As Sarah Gigante took an impressive solo victory, Spratt attacked from the peloton to claim silver whilst Roy fought on after a day in the breakaway to be rewarded with the bronze medal.
There was no easing into the nine-lap race as Roy rode herself into an early breakaway of nine that formed on the first lap.
The 32-year-old was joined by Chloe Hoskins, Shara Gillow, Michaela Parsons, Ella Bloor, Sarah Gigante and Taryn Heather.
As the riders crossed the start/finish line with five laps remaining, it sparked a reaction behind.
New recruit Grace Brown set it off at the bottom of the climb before Spratt pushed across to join her, with Lucy Kennedy and Gracie Elvin close behind as the bunch split into six groups.
As the laps continued, the pressure from behind further split the field and the chase groups changed in formation.
With two to go, the break had reduced to five riders and the gap was down to two minutes. Spratt, Kennedy, Elvin and Brown were towards the front.
On the back side of the course and down to three leaders after the latest climb, Gigante saw her opportunity on a technical section as Roy and Gillow played cat and mouse over workload.
Gigante’s gap increased immediately and she remained solo to take an impressive victory.
Never give up:
Behind, Spratt passed Roy and caught Gillow to fight for the silver medal.
The pair sprinted to the line and as Spratt got the better of her, Gillow sat up and allowed Roy, who hadn’t stopped believing, to pass her for a well-rewarded bronze medal.
“Of course we came here to win but you have to acknowledge that Sarah had an absolutely incredible ride. She showed last year in Ballarat what she is capable of, she went in the early breakaway and she was able to stay away and win which normally doesn’t happen on this course.
“We were really happy with Sarah Roy in that break, she is a rider who works so hard for the team all season, she got into the break and she is a rider who performs well on these sort of courses.
“Sarah had been feeling good the whole way through, and we got the word with just a lap and a half to go that she wasn’t so good. We went to plan B and that’s when I attacked across on the climb.
“I don’t think we could have done too much differently, I think that break was just a little bit too strong for us.”
“I have a lot of emotions going through my body at the moment. I can be pretty proud of my ride and the team can be proud of our ride.
“We stuck to the plan and we forced an early break there, it would have been nice to have more than one rider in the break, but that’s a big ask.
“I’m really thankful that the team supported me for the break to go the finish. That also hurts a lot that I let the team down a little bit, it was up to me to go for the win because that’s what we are here for. Unfortunately I didn’t get it, but it’s my first podium personally and I think I can take a lot away from the ride.”
1. Sarah Gigante (Roxsolt Attaquer) 3:03:36
2. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:50
3. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:54