Spratt and Scandolara second and third on stage one of Ladies Tour of Norway

Sat 15 Aug 2015

Amanda Spratt put in a brilliant ride today in the opening stage of the two day Ladies Tour of Norway, as her two person breakaway made it to the line with only a few seconds to spare, and she secured a strong second place finish.

Just behind her Valentina Scandolara won the reduced bunch sprint to round out the top three for the stage, and Emma Johansson slotted into sixth place.

"Today was excellent, the girls were motivated, they rode a perfect race," explained sports director Gene Bates.

"Chloe (McConville) hit out early in the attacks, and in the inital 18 person attack, we had three riders in that group. When that group came back Amanda attacked. We were always on the front foot."

The two person break, of Spratt and eventual stage winner Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) went away with 60 kilometres remaining in the race, and their lead slowly built to over three minutes.

"It was a really tough day out there," Spratt said.

"We got away about 50kilometres into the race, and essentially had a 60 kilometre time trial. We knew if we got to the circuits with a good gap we could stay away so we were just fighting. I knew that Megan was a fast sprinter so I was hoping to hit out at about one kilometre to go, but she beat me to it, she was just too strong in the final."

Tomorrow's stage challenges the riders with 150kilometres and a tough finishing circuit. With three laps of the 3.9k circuit and a technical last corner, an exciting day of racing is expected.

Today's results put Spratt in second place, six seconds down on the race leader, with Scandolara at fourteen seconds and Johansson at twenty one seconds.

"With Amanda in a good position heading into tomorrow, the final day, the team will go for a podium overall and back up today with another strong ride," Bates said.

"We would love to take a stage win."