Podium placing for Spratt, third overall at the Ladies Tour of NorwaySun 16 Aug 2015
Amanda Spratt finished the Ladies Tour of Norway with a podium placing, third overall on GC, closely behind race winner Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans).
The race stayed together throughout most of the day, with attacks quickly being reeled back in. 58km in the race Spratt and ten other riders escaped off the front, with a maximum advantage around 20seconds, but were pulled in, to then see another group go with 35km left. The latter attack included Emma Johansson, as the nine escapees charged over the Queen of the Mountain.
As the peloton entered the finishing laps a lead group of 35 riders formed, and they stayed together through the tough technical 3.9km circuits, to see an eventual bunch sprint finish. Johansson finished fourth in the sprint, with Lizzie Williams just behind her in fifth. Spratt stayed with the front group to hold onto her podium place.
"It was good, we were ambitious. We wanted everything today, we were going for a stage win and consolidating our overall positions. We had objectives with multiple riders, and the girls had a good crack at it today. Sadly we didn't pull off the win, but it was great riding for the team." said sports director Gene Bates.
"Everyone is in really good shape for the final part of the season. Amanda's podium: she's pretty tired from two big days but we can see what great nick she is in for upcoming races. "
The Orica-AIS team heads now to Sweden for the world cup team time trial event on Friday the 21st, and the world cup road race on Sunday the 23rd.
"With Emma as the Swedish champion next weekend is a big goal for her," Bates.
"We hope to learn a lot with the group we have for the team time trial, and for the road race Sunday, Emma has had podium positions in the past, and is going for the win."